Our Residents have regular visits from pets – whether their own or those brought in from family or friends, Residents are more receptive to medical treatment and nourishment. Animals have a calming effect on humans and benefit mental well-being, especially with the elderly.
In recent years, the experts have been relying on pet therapy as a valuable aid in reaching out to the elderly.
The animals may come in all sizes and shapes. Cats and small dogs are good because they can be lifted easily and fit even on the smallest laps. A large dog makes a good companion for someone in a wheelchair, sitting patiently and allowing the Resident to stroke its fur.
Most important is that the animals brought in to the Hostel being cats or dogs have a calm, gentle personality and are people-oriented. They provide an invaluable service to those who are lonely or ill.