Carly, who has been leading the recent renovations work, as Interior Designer at Park Avenue Care Home, brought her adorable pet dog, Ce Ce, into work with her to meet the people who live there.
Many studies have shown that stroking a pet provides excellent health benefits, such as a lowering of blood pressure and heart rate, along with a reduction in stress hormones, and Ce Ce was no exception; bringing a lot of joy on her first day at Park Avenue. Carly said,”She’s clearly a massive hit with the residents and the team. She’s been given lots of love from everyone!”
“Pets hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of humans,” says Lori Palley, DVM, of the MGH Center for Comparative Medicine.
“Several previous studies have found that levels of neurohormones like oxytocin – which is involved in pair-bonding and maternal attachment – rise after interaction with pets, and new brain imaging technologies are helping us begin to understand the neurobiological basis of the relationship.”
Proving that pets can play a valuable role in care homes, either in the form of a visiting therapy or as permanent residents. Ce Ce will definitely be welcome back to Park Avenue Care Home anytime!