Lavender Hills has recruited a four-month-old Labrador who will become the home’s Therapy Dog after the provider funds her training.
The home has been gifted the opportunity thanks to one of their current staff members.
Nicola Haydock, Wellness Lead at the home, recently purchased Jesse but wanted a pet that could make a difference in her workplace.
Since landing at her new home Jesse’s visited the residents on numerous occasions but will not be fully qualified as a Therapy Dog for 18 months, until then Nicola will bring her to the home weekly.
Therapy dogs offer a wide range of advantages to care homes and the individuals residing there. These dogs, which have received special training, provide emotional support, companionship, and a range of therapeutic effects that can have a positive impact on the well-being of individuals in care homes.
Jesse is currently in the process of enrolling on a course which has been funded by Millennium Care, she will attend classes over time.