Animal-assisted therapy has long been used to enhance people’s lives and significantly improve their mental, social, and emotional health. Take for instance, in World War II, dogs visited infirmaries, giving comfort to wounded soldiers. Research has since proven that the incorporation of pet therapy into an individual’s personalized service plan greatly reduces prescription drug usage and service costs.Fairfield County, CT
Sage Home Care provides a therapy dog for seniors, trained to bring comfort, friendship, and companionship to our clients and their loved ones in Connecticut. These pets create a happy and positive atmosphere that promotes health and well-being at home. They are gentle, affectionate, and obedient, always making themselves available to clients and only approaching upon command.
If your loved ones happen to be animal lovers who can no longer maintain the needs of their pets on their own, bring Sage Home Care’s therapy dog for seniors into their lives and enhance the assisted living services process with smiles, laughter, and increased social interactions.
What is a Pet Therapy Dog?
A Pet Therapy dog is trained to provide friendship, comfort and companionship for people through visits in homes, schools, hospitals and other settings. Pet therapy allows people to receive all the love, joy and affection an animal brings without dealing with the everyday needs of a pet. At Sage Home Care, we have the best therapy dogs in CT to meet the needs of seniors.
Benefits of Pet Therapy
For years, animal-assisted therapy has been used to enhance people’s lives and positively impact their social, emotional and cognitive health. Not only do pets create a fun and relaxing environment, but studies have shown the pet owners enjoy many therapeutic effects, including stress relief, and pet owners may even see improvements in their physical health.
For our Clients in Fairfield County, CT who can no longer look after a pet, dog therapy may provide the following benefits:
• Reduced loneliness, anxiety and depression
• Increased awareness and attention spans
• Social stimulation and encouragement to communicate
• Increased quantity and quality of interactions among dementia patients
• Enhanced social interactions with more smiles and laughter in the presence of an animal
• Reduced blood pressure
• Motivation for physical therapy following a surgery or accident
• Mental stimulation for Alzheimer’s patients
• Diminished physical pain
• Lower incidence of heart attacks
Declines in prescription drug use and total cost of services were found in nursing homes that incorporated pet therapy