Marley Court Nursing home Chorley have had all sorts of activities going on recently with the help of their new Activities Co-ordinator Elaine Wright.
This week Elaine introduced Marley Court residents to some very unique visitors when she arranged a safari in the Chorley home!
The Safari consisted of Pup Pup the Meerkat, Jeffero the Skunk, Fast Fred the unusually fast Tortoise, Betty the Bearded Dragon, Ben the Rabbit and Bruce the Blue Tongued Skink.
The animals were a huge hit with the residents of Marley Court Nursing home, most had never seen animals like it, they were stoking the animals and holding them with smiles from ear to ear proving that pet therapy really does make a huge difference.
Peggy a 94 year old resident new to Marley Court said “Oh it’s been fantastic hasn’t it, i have had a great time with all the animals.” Peggy worked in a pet rescue center during WW2.
Gordon another resident at Marley court enjoyed holding all of the animals including Fast Fred the Tortoise, Gordon mostly enjoyed stroking Ben the Bunny who was silky soft.
Gladys a resident who is poorly and usually unable to partake in activities at Marley Court was able to reach out and stroke the animals, this made her and all staff at Marley Court very happy.
Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.
goals of pet therapy can include:
- improving motor skills and joint movement
- improving assisted or independent movement
- increasing self-esteem
- increasing verbal communication
- developing social skills
- increasing willingness to join in activities
- improving interactions with others
- motivating willingness to exercise
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