The happiness that an animals' love and support provides cannot be underestimated. Warm cuddles are just the beginning of the benefits that stem from spending time with our furry friends.
What is pet therapy?
Since pet therapy was introduced in the early '90s, it has quickly gained traction. Essentially, the concept of pet therapy involves training an animal with the purpose of interacting with people in a soothing and beneficial manner. The animal's handler is also present throughout the entire interaction, to ensure the wellbeing of both the animal and the client.
In some countries, 'emotional support animals' are prevalent and can go anywhere with their owners. Whilst this isn't currently recognised in Australia, pet therapy is still largely used to aid a person in relaxation and de-stressing.
What Are The Benefits of Pet Therapy?
Research has demonstrated the benefits of pet therapy for older people and people with disabilities. We have observed a range of positive effects that pet therapy has had on our clients. These include:
Reduced fatigue, tension and confusion
Improved cognitive function
Improved mood and attention span
Reduced stress (caregivers and clients alike)
Elevated quality of life
How can Focus Care help?
We at Focus Care are passionate about bringing comfort and joy to those that we support. We are excited to offer pet therapy services, and believe that their benefits can provide a better quality of life.
One of our pet therapy dogs can either interact with you at your house or at a nearby park, depending on location and individual circumstances. Pet therapy can be made available under your NDIS Plan or Home Care Package, or alternatively, can be paid for privately.
Contact us today if you're interested in incorporating pet therapy into your home care services.