East Ham care home pet dog therapy for dementia patients

9 July 2024

A shaggy old arthritic dog named Ted is being used as a therapist for patients with dementia in a care home in East Ham.

The 12-year-old Shi Tzu is taken to Manor Farm care home each week to encourage residents to be active and help them feel calm and relaxed.

Ted lets them walk, cuddle, feed and groom him in exchange for a good play. Using pets for therapy is becoming common practice in care homes with research showing they aid communication and involvement. Dog-walking also helps patients reduce swelling and aids blood circulation.


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