The Amazing Effects Of Animals
There is something about being close to animals that seems to change humans...for the better. In fact, there has been a study that concluded that seniors who have pets go to the doctorís less often than those who donít have a pet.
We integrate a variety of animals into the lives of our residents on a daily basis. Among the benefits, we feel the critters have a calming effect and add joy to the daily routine. It shows in the many smiles.
Benefits To Our Residents
By integrating contact with animals into our care plans, we expose our residents to a variety of possible benefits. Here are some of the advantages that come from our experience and some that are mentioned on the PawsAndHearts.org website.
- Lessens emotional pain and loneliness.
- Seems to diminish some physical pain.
- Motivates action, activity and recovery .
- Reduces boredom and depression.
- Reduces anxiety and stress.
- Makes people smile and laugh.
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We Help Our Butterflies To Fly
We are thrilled when our residents take flight, and respond to (and interact with) their animal friends. So we make sure we provide an environment that creates these exposures and successful interactions.
They See A Variety Of Critters
Our residents are fortunate to live in an area that makes seeing and interacting with animals part of the daily routine. It certainly provides comfort to those who grew up in rural areas. However, most of the city-folk seem to enjoy the company of the critters, too.
- They visit the horses right across the street on daily walks.
- They visit goats and geese that are in the neighborhood.
- Visit with and cuddle a variety of dogs who are friends of our community.
- Feed the ducks at Lake Casitas.
- Watch people fish at Lake Casitas and check out their catch.