Bindaree residents get special visitors for Animal Therapy

Animal Therapy

Animal therapy is widely accepted in the aged care sector as a way of engaging with residents that may otherwise have difficulty engaging with traditional therapy options.

There is emerging evidence to suggest that animal therapy can play a role in enhancing health and well-being of older people not just physically but also emotionally and cognitively. Encompass Allied Health are introducing animal therapy to run alongside our traditional physiotherapy and occupational therapy practices because we realise that health and wellbeing are more than just physical.

We love seeing the reactions on people’s faces when they see the miniature horse and Chihuahua arrive at their facility and even more so when they come inside into their rooms. What we notice the most is the change in energy and body language. They respond with smiles and laughter when they are able to touch and talk to the animals. Often it brings back memories of the animals they once loved in their earlier lives. One particular lady struck up an instant bond with Stratton the mini horse. He rested his head in this wonderful lady’s hands and literally fell asleep. This bring brings a sense of calm and peace that is unimaginable unless you see it.

Often it brings back memories of the animals they once loved in their earlier lives. One particular lady struck up an instant bond with Stratton the mini horse. He rested his head in this wonderful lady’s hands and literally fell asleep. This bring brings a sense of calm and peace that is unimaginable unless you see it.

Amanda
Encompass Allied Health