July 31, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
A furry friend wandered into our 5-star aged care community, Arcare Sydenham in July.
Great Dane, Orion visits on a regular basis with his owner for pet therapy sessions with the clients. Orion visits are undoubtedly the highlight of the week for many clients.
Lifestyle coordinator, Jennifer said, “The clients love having a pat and cuddle with Orion. There is something special about him, that provides an overwhelming sense of comfort and relaxation to our clients.”
Unfortunately many have to leave behind their pets, when they move into an aged care residence, however it is important that they continue to engage with animals.
Pet Therapy has been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of social isolation, and increase confidence and self-esteem among many other things.
“I can’t wait to Orion’s next visit!” One client said.
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.