Maple Knoll Village

The Benefits of Pet Therapy in Skilled Nursing

Maple Knoll Village recognizes that visiting with an animal can improve your spirits and we try to make sure our residents receive this pet therapy as often as possible! A growing body of scientific research is showing that pets can make an individual feel happier and healthier.

This explains the increasing use of animals in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, jails and mental institutions. Dogs and cats are most common. However, birds, fish and even horses are used.

Maple Knoll Village uses pet therapy and pet visits in independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. We have resident and non resident volunteers who bring pets in for weekly visits. Our skilled nursing residents have shown great improvement and they are even able to brighten the mood for our hospice patients.

A few benefits of this kind of pet interaction are:100_0663

Physical Health:

· lowers blood pressure

· improves cardiovascular health

· releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect

· diminishes overall physical pain

· the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response, reducing the amount of medication some folks need

Mental Health:

· lifts spirits and lessens depression

· decreases feelings of isolation and alienation

· encourages communication

· provides comfort

· increases socialization

· reduces boredom

· lowers anxiety

· helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders

· creates motivation for the client to recover faster

· reduces loneliness