Pet therapy a favourite at our villages

Sonia Lim 8 Mar 2021
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Having a pet is one of the greatest joys in life – a pet brings so much happiness, loyalty, companionship and care.

Many of our RFBI Villages welcome pet visitors, big and small, when the opportunity arises as time spent with a furry friend can be extremely beneficial to our residents, volunteers and staff. Our residents often feel more energised, enthusiastic and inspired after a visit from a pet, and it can also be highly beneficial to people with dementia as well. No matter the language our residents speak, they can all benefit from patting a pet that offers unwavering companionship, support and love.

In fact, there is a lot of research that suggests that pet therapy can boost overall health and wellbeing in the elderly. One of our villages, RFBI Goulburn Masonic Village, recently welcomed dogs Chloe and Dolly back to their home (in their best doggy attire as always). Accompanied by their owner, June, who teaches Tai Chi to our residents each month, the dogs bring so much joy during their visits.

It’s a visit our residents look forward to and can’t stop talking about afterwards. For more news from our villages, click here.