As care homes seek new ways to boost residents’ wellbeing the topic of animal therapy is back in the news following a study in New Zealand.
The story is covered in depth in our July/August issue here, and reveals that when research was undertaken with two residential care homes the results revealed positive and negative findings.
The New Zealand study identified three overarching narratives: animal therapy as a fleeting pleasure, residential care as a sad environment, and identity outside residential care as highly valued.
It was found that animal therapy can give pleasure but it does not remove many of the worries residents have, while the animals themselves can feel stressed in unusual environments.
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