The Benefits of Pet Therapy

A pet companion presents many health benefits to their owners. Being around animals makes people feel better, healthier and happier. For these reasons and more, animals are being used for therapeutic purposes in senior living communities.

Physical Health

Petting an animal can result in lower blood pressure, normal heart rate and reduced stress. Regardless of one’s physical abilities, playing with an animal provides physical exercise and increased mobility.

Mental Health

Pet therapy can have a significant effect on a senior’s mental wellbeing. Animals offer a non-judgemental relationship to elderly individuals who may be lonely, giving seniors the opportunity to enjoy companionship. Additionally, for those individuals living with dementia, animals can sooth those who have difficulty using language.

Emotional Health

We can’t help but smile when a pet does something cute or funny. Pets instinctively comfort and nurture, allowing for an increase in relaxation and happiness.Pets also provide emotional stability during stressful situations, helping to reduce anxiety and depression. Animals can help improve socialization and bring those who are withdrawn out of their shells, making them happier and more communicative.

Pet Visitation Therapy for Seniors at A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab

Visiting with animals can improve physical, mental and emotional health. We understand the importance of our four-legged friends to our overall wellbeing, and at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, we have volunteers who provide pet therapy. We invite pets to visit as long as they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and check in at our front desk to review our pet policy.  Contact us to learn more about pet visitation!