Burnham-On-Sea nursing home welcomes therapy dog
therapy dog's regular visits to a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home are
helping to improve elderly residents confidence and mental health.
Care Home in Berrow Road welcomes Shep, a 7-year-old Border Collie,
for regular visits which have delivered all manner of benefits.
has been coming to us for the past couple of months and is wonderful
with the residents," Jo Boobyer, activity co-ordinator, told
visits have theraputic benefits thanks to the stroking and interaction,
and he prompts conversation with the handler and other residents,
and also encourages reminiscing about their own old pets."
found that many residents previously had animals before they came
to us and they miss the interaction."
is very well natured and has been warmly welcomed by the residents.
We gave them all the choice of having him him visit and 20 wanted
to see him. Shep is very much in demand!"
added: "Pets As Therapy, a dog therapy group, approached us
to see if we were interested and we jumped at the chance."
dog's owner, John Bartlett, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Shep
loves going along to nursing homes and dementia homes where the
residents are so appreciative."
such a friendly dog who loves being active and meeting people -
and he gets more biscuits on his visits than at home!"
is always kept on a lead and is accompanied by John during his visits,
which are fully insured by Pets As Therapy.
77, who is retired, added: "We do about 7-8 visits a month
to homes across the area. I enjoy the visits as much as Shep - it
helps to give a little something back to the community and keeps