Super Dogs for the Elderly
Merseyside Superdogs currently visit two local care homes twice a week – but the demand for their assistance is so high that we cannot meet the need with our existing resources. The care providers we worked with have seen such a vast improvement in their residents since the visits began; especially with residents suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Superdogs that visit the elderly have therapeutic super powers and are referred to as therapy dogs.
Many people living with dementia have difficulty communicating and as a result they can easily get frustrated. Pets communicate on a deeper level that those living with the form of a dementia can understand and appreciate. Our Super-Dogs help lessen symptoms of depression & anxiety, reduce boredom and provide a welcome distraction from their daily routine. Elizabeth a resident at Sedgemoor Care home has had dogs all her life and now finds a gap said “I look forward to seeing the Super Dogs and hearing their individual stories’ I especially like touching them and feeling their warm hearts”. Joan who is the nursing supervisor for the home said “this is a great scheme, not only for those missing a dog in their life but also everyone in the home, it helps us to get residents active into a routine, giving them some purpose”
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