Regis Legana pet therapy program boasts positive effects

Regis Legana pet therapy program boasts positive effects

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Regis Legana pet therapy program boasts positive effects
PET THERAPY: Doris is pictured beside Mabel, one of the dogs involved in pet therapy at Regis Legana. (PHOTO: Supplied)

Mabel, Lolly and Disco are three beloved furry friends of Regis Legana. The visits from the Golden Retriever, Lhasa Apso and Greyhound are always a highly anticipated event of each week, as they bring bundles of joy to all the residents. Now some of the residents are even offering babysitting duties for these lovable dogs whilst they are at the Home, which has become so popular that they often ask if they “can stay with me for the night?” Mabel, Lolly and Disco are highly intuitive and have a sense of knowing when someone needs extra attention from them, and will always stay with them for a couple of hours at a time when needed.

These visits have such positive effects on the residents, sparking warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia. “They remind me of my darling little pet who was my life-long companion” says Doris, who has become particularly fond of Mabel the Golden Retriever. “Mabel and I talk to each other… we debrief about the day and the week and have an understanding.” The connections bring ample joy and affection to the residents at Regis Legana, as these special guests leave a lasting impression on everyone they meet.

Pet Therapy, also known as Assisted Animal Therapy, is becoming increasingly used throughout aged care. Pets not only offer companionship and unconditional love, but also have the ability to boost health and general wellbeing, especially in older people. There are many benefits to spending time with animals, including decreasing stress levels, easing social discomfort, and increasing happiness. Regis has included Pet Therapy into the Lifestyle Calendar across many Homes and has already seen these benefits among residents.

To find out more about the care and lifestyle options at Regis Legana, contact their Advice Line on 1300 998 100 or visit www.regis.com.au.

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