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18 August 2023

All paws on deck

3 minute read

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.

“I was thinking of getting a pet but I didn’t want to leave them at home all day so I thought I could incorporate into my Wellbeing role. I spoke to Kala (Home Manager) and she wanted to give it a go! There’s loads of stuff online about the benefits so I’m really excited and Jesse’s loved it so far.

“Labradors are clever and have a good temperament, so I believe they’re one of the best ones for the role.”

Nicola Haydock

Jesse is currently in the process of enrolling on a course which has been funded by Millennium Care, she will attend classes over time.

"This is a thrilling time for Lavender Hills, and Jesse will add tremendous value to our flourishing team; she is adored by both the residents and us!

“It is great to witness the benefits of animal therapy unfolding in our home with Jesse, who is such a loving dog. We're all excited to celebrate Jesse's successes because I can see this making a huge difference to the home.”

Kala Morton, Home Manager
Kathryn Barton
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