The power of pets
Lockdown became a little more interesting thanks to Nylah the puppy.
Tanya is a Supported Living Manager in a home for seven adults with complex and challenging needs associated with mental health needs. As we all know, life during lockdown has been especially tough, but the staff and residents were delighted to be introduced to a new friend, Nylah the puppy. Tanya shares the experience here:
“I would like to express my thanks to Jill, a wonderful mum to one of our residents, Joanna. Jill has continually supported Joanna, and the staff by visiting regularly when Covid-19 restrictions have allowed her to. Jill has been so understanding regarding our limitations due to the lockdown and has shared our frustrations since they first began in March.
Jill has continued to visit in all sorts of weather and has supported staff by doing the weekly shopping. She has also introduced Joanna and the other residents to her new puppy Nylah. When Joanna first saw Nylah, she took an immediate interest and smiled. Very quickly Joanna was confident enough to stroke Nylah and watched her play in the garden.
This has made such a difference to her day. To other people who support someone, I would recommend pet therapy as part of an activity or to include in visits. Nylah has met other people at the home and has helped to strike up conversations with other dog walkers at the end of the driveway.
This wonderful but simple interaction between people and animals can make such a difference by lifting moods and helping communication. If anyone has any similar experiences, I would love to hear about them.”