We advocate the profound benefits of pets visiting our homes. We are delighted, therefore, to now receive regular visits from dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits and now owls too.
Pet therapy, or more correctly, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a person’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning –Wiki.
In Apple House care homes, AAT is used as part of an holistic approach to care and support. Touch, social integration, sight, scent…the benefits of pet therapy are too numerous to list. The smile on our residents’ faces as their fingers stroke a loving dog’s fur really, for us, sums the benefits up nicely.