Pet Therapy

At Southwind Suites, our residents enjoy numerous health benefits that come from our innovative Pet Therapy program. Residents are delighted by a variety of pets, ranging from dogs and cats to show and fair animals.

The Therapeutic Power Of Pets

The best medicine for some medical or mental health issues isn’t just medicine at all … it’s pet therapy (also known as animal-assisted therapy) in the form of a wet nose or a warm hug to brighten a resident’s day.

We’ve seen the positive impact that the friendship of a furry friend has had on our residents. Pet therapy has been known to boost well-being and help improve health issues.

The benefits of pet therapy for seniors are abundant and may include:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Releasing endorphins that have a calming effect
  • Reducing stress, anxiety and feelings of loneliness
  • Diminishing overall physical pain
  • Stimulating memory
  • Increasing socialization and sense of community

Visits are beneficial for everyone; the animals enjoy the attention and companionship as much as our residents. Days are brighter, smiles are bigger, and laughter is louder.