Southern Plus East Fremantle welcomes pet therapy
Every fortnight, residents and staff at Southern Plus East Fremantle welcome a very special furry guest, two and half-year-old therapy dog Nema, who along with her owner Julie are providing pet therapy to Southern Plus East Fremantle residents.
The benefits of pet therapy for residents in aged care homes are widely acknowledged, with research showing physical and psychological benefits including positive reactions from people with dementia who might have limited engagement with standard activities but respond to the presence of a dog or other therapy animals.
Ricka Bolton, Lifestyle Coordinator at Southern Plus East Fremantle, said the pet therapy program will provide numerous benefits to residents, including to self-esteem, social participation and helping them to settle into their new home.
“We’re all very happy to welcome Nema and Julie to Southern Plus East Fremantle and we’re confident Nema will bring plenty of excitement and joy to our residents,” she said.
Julie Page, Nema’s owner and also a volunteer from Delta Therapy Dogs said she was looking forward to seeing the benefits of pet therapy with the residents of Southern Plus East Fremantle.
“I’m very excited to bring Nema to spend time with residents because I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of pet therapy for older people. Pet therapy can bring a moment of clarity in an otherwise cloudy day for the residents with dementia and provide mental stimulation,” Julie said.
Southern Plus East Fremantle offers the pet therapy program run by the Delta Society.