Nurture Dogs in Care Homes

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Nurture Dogs offer sessions with groups or individuals. These sessions involve the use of dogs which acts as a social lubricant and facilitates engagement even for the most profoundly disabled clients.

Sessions can last from 15 minutes to 1 hour. We can work with your goals or simply facilitate an activity that can be enjoyed by your residents.

We can work in any residential setting or day-care, historically these have included dementia care, learning disabilities, mental health and dual diagnosis. Our groups are usually open groups and therefore people can use them as a drop in. This approach is useful in some settings where residents may not all like animals and therefore need the opportunity not to participate if they choose.

We find these groups are good for maintaining clients existing functional capacity or developing new skills. For example; post stroke.

Some of the activities that we use include; brushing, walking, mobilising, agility, biscuit making, treat giving. Offering the opportunity for maintaining and improving gross and fine motor skills. Use of voice, encouraging mobility and social participation.

“The Nurture Dogs team have been visiting Woodland View Care home for 2-3 months now and have become a regular event residents really look forward to each fortnight.

As well as a ‘Meet & Greet’ in the coffee lounge upon arrival at the home, where there are always a number of residents actually waiting for the dogs to arrive, the team visit those residents who are either  bedbound or not feeling 100% on the day. The smiles on residents faces as the dogs enter a room is truly heart-warming and it’s very clear the pleasure the four legged visitors bring to someone’s day.

As Activities Coordinator at Woodland View I have been looking for dogs to visit the residents for so long and I am delighted with Nurture Dogs. They come with my highest recommendation.”

~ Kevin Riley, Activities Coordinator, Woodland View Care Home.

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