What Has These Seniors Smiling Like Kids? One Very Unusual Visitor!

For those elderly that live in nursing homes, it can be a very painful experience.

Most would prefer to still be living in their own homes, but due to their significant health issues, they must be living under 24/7 health care and assistance.

But there is a bit of a silver lining at most of these elderly care facilities.

A lot of them have scheduled activities throughout the day to keep these seniors active.

Not only that, schools and churches volunteer their time to offer musical performances.

The newest activity that long term care homes are beginning to offer is the allowance of therapy animals to enter the facility and bring smiles to the faces of those living there.

When most people think of therapy animals, they more than likely think of dogs.

However, this forward-thinking nursing home in Australia brought in a therapy horse to visit the residents.

Most of the people living there grew up in a farm setting and rode horses as children.

A visit by Bushman the horse was able to bring a smile and some happy memories back to these seniors.

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From The Animal Rescue Site:

As Mayo Clinic explains, “pet therapy” includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Therapy animals are also often brought into nursing homes. [continue reading…]

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This was a brilliant idea! Why not bring in the very animals that these seniors grew up with?

Hopefully Bushman is a frequent visitor and gives these residents a very happy time.

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Horse therapy at Southhaven Aged Care

A horse visited our Padstow Heights Home today! Many of our residents loved reminiscing about horses they used to own and ride. The smiles say it all 🙂

Posted by Christadelphian Aged Care on Monday, December 4, 2017

Source: The Animal Rescue Site

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