Bracken Brightens Residents’ Day
Residents of Connors House Residential Care Home in Canterbury were delighted when they received a surprise visit from their furry four-legged friend, Bracken, this week.
It was a dog’s life at the Craddock Road care home this week, when General Manager, Christine, brought her dog, Bracken, in to say hello to the residents. Prior to the pandemic, Bracken used to visit the home regularly, so the residents were delighted to welcome him back again and enjoy some much-appreciated pet therapy.
Christine Devlin, General Manager of Connors House said: “Bracken used to come in and see the residents often, so they were overjoyed to see him again and he was very happy to see them too!
“As a pet friendly organisation, we have pets here at Connors House, we find the interaction with animals to be incredibly beneficial for our residents, we also find it promotes a calm and relaxed environment.”
The therapeutic benefits of pet therapy are widely proven, particularly for older people and those living with dementia. Animals not only serve as a source of comfort and support, they can also reduce stress and anxiety. Interaction with pets can even have a positive impact on health, slightly lowering blood pressure and heart rate.