Alpacas due to visit home in July
Animal Therapy is a key focus for Nazareth Lodge and in addition to being home to chickens and our puppy Lucky, we are looking forward to a visit in July from some delightful alpacas.
Animal-assisted therapy improves patients’ mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. Depending on the needs of the patient, many different animals can be used in therapy, including alpacas, dogs, sheep, rabbits and other animals.
Animal-assisted therapy takes place individually or in groups, and is led by a qualified therapist or professional with specialized expertise.
Therapeutic experiences can include walking, petting and caring for an animal, as well as processing the experience of trying to achieve a given task.
It is well documented that holding and stroking animals can reduce blood pressure, lower pulse rates and alleviate feelings of tension and anxiety.
Animals offer attention and unconditional acceptance. They are responsive, live in the ‘here and now’ and don’t mind who you are or what you look like.
They are usually direct and honest and unlike humans, they are non-judgemental and don’t confuse through verbal communications. So are ideal for working with people who find themselves confused or threatened by human relations, many clients feel safer and less threatened around animals.
Apart from all of the wellbeing benefits it is a great chance for residents and staff to interact with an animal they may have never met before.
Added: 5th February 2019