A care home is hosting pet therapy sessions for residents in a bid to make the home even more of a community and help dementia sufferers.
Residents of Red Oaks Care Community, in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, have been enjoying visits from Marlo, a nine-year-old lhasa apso, who, with his owner, has been providing pet therapy to care homes and nurseries for just over a year. He often sits on residents’ laps and snuggles up in bed with those who are unable to move easily.
John Adams, general manager at Red Oaks, said: “Our residents have really bonded with Marlo and pet therapy is one of their favourite activities. Many of our residents are animal lovers and have had pets their whole lives so they are completely at ease with Marlo.
“It’s fantastic that the physical benefits of pet therapy are just as powerful as the psychological benefits, which are evident among our residents.”