According to the CDC, pets have been shown to reduce blood pressure and stress levels and can help lower cholesterol, fight depression and help protect against heart conditions.
At Mansfield Place, we find it not only a privilege but a right to ensure seniors are able to stay united with their pets. Pets are members of the family, unconditionally providing companionship and emotional support.
Therapeutic animal visitations and animal assisted programs at Mansfield Place have succeeded in providing comfort and enjoyment to our residents. Healthline shows that Pet Therapy can be used in many different ways that are defined by goals, judged by each session.
The goals of a pet therapy program can include:
• Improving assisted or independent movement
• Reducing anxiety
• Increasing self-esteem
• Improving overall mental health
• Increasing communication
• Improving social skills
• Creating a willingness to join in activities
• Increasing interactions with others
• Motivating willingness to exercise
Our furry friends and animal visits have had a positive effect on our residents’ health mentally and physically. From recovering or coping with health issues to filling our lives with happiness and laughter, there is no denying that pets enrich our lives. Because animals offer emotional support, we have noticed increased participation from residents in social activities and positive response as they share time-honored tales and memories of their furry companions with friends, family and staff.
We are not “kitten” around when we say Mansfield Place has “gone to the dogs!”