Visitors at Moran Aged Care are an important part of our resident’s wellbeing and when those visitors come with their own furry coat, there are smiles all around! Family members from all generations are welcomed into our homes (when COVID restrictions allow) but the visitors who often get the most attention are well behaved pets.
“Sometimes when new residents move into our home, either on respite or permanently, they leave behind a pet who they miss dearly. To remedy this, we encourage family members to bring their pets for a visit as often as they can. We have plenty of beautiful outdoor gardens, balconies and terraces in our Home that are perfect for pet visits but indoor visits are common too”
said Mary Gibbs, General Manager Moran Engadine.
For residents without their own pet, Moran organises ‘pet therapy’ visits…dogs who seem to have no end to their love of being pat and who sit peacefully with any resident.
“We have even had cats, birds and in honour of Melbourne Cup Day, a pony came to visit. The look on our resident’s faces was priceless! The benefit to our residents is so clear. They are more relaxed and happier after pet therapy visits.”
said Lorraine Kelly, General Manager Moran Sylvania.
It has been reported in Australia that up to 40% of aged care home residents do not receive regular visitors, a statistic we are determined not to reach in Moran Homes. For family members who find visiting their loved one in aged care difficult, bringing a pet along with them breaks the ice, puts everyone at ease and is a great talking point. It encourages reminiscing about favourite pets and the heart-warming stories that go with them…something that is very important as we age.
To find out more about care at Moran Homes, call 9548 7780 or 1300 544 944 or contact us online.