The Benefits Of Dog Therapy at Chalmers Lodge Assisted Living

It is well known that being around therapy dogs has beneficial effects on people’s physical and mental well-being. For seniors who struggle with dementia, depression or other mental health issues, being able to spend time with a therapy dog helps improve their quality of life. While owning a pet usually isn’t possible for assisted living residents, dog therapy helps them enjoy the benefits of being around animals.

Therapy dog visits help Chalmers residents in the following ways:

Encouraging Social Interaction

Spending time with therapy dogs provides residents with a chance to become more social, which can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, dementia and Alzheimer's. Therapy dogs give residents the opportunity to interact with others that they normally wouldn't have. Sometimes, this simply means petting and talking to the dogs. At other times, residents might end up chatting with staff or other residents while visiting with the dogs. 

Lowering Stress

Being around therapy dogs can lower stress in assisted living residents by stimulating the production of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, which can have calming effects. Interacting with dogs can help lower agitation in those with dementia and improve the moods of those with depression. Lower stress levels can in turn help ease the symptoms of mental health issues and improve the overall emotional well-being of residents.

Improving Physical Health

Visiting with therapy dogs also helps residents in terms of their overall physical health. The calming effects that these dogs have can lower blood pressure levels and heart rate and improve cardiovascular function. In some cases, residents are able to take therapy dogs for short walks, leading to increased physical activity in those who might not have a chance to exercise often.

Reducing Boredom

Seniors who have depression, dementia or other mental health issues benefit from staying busy and involved in activities. For those who are reluctant to join in regular social activities, games or art activities at assisted living facilities, having the chance to spend time with therapy dogs provides a good alternative. Pet therapy gives residents a simple yet effective way to keep their minds active and focused on something positive, whether they spend visits petting dogs, talking to or about them or walking around with them.

MEET OUR THERAPY DOGS - Photos by Alisa Woraprangkul and Seonghee Jo

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Dandie Dintmont Terriers 💕

Dandie Dintmont Terriers 💕

Fynn, Stella, Elsee, Mango & Tu

Fynn, Stella, Elsee, Mango & Tu

French Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

French Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

Shitsu Koba & Maltese Max 😹

Shitsu Koba & Maltese Max 😹

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

French Bulldog Elsee 🙀

French Bulldog Elsee 🙀

Goldendoodle Stella 💕

Goldendoodle Stella 💕

English Bulldog Carlton 💖

English Bulldog Carlton 💖

Love Boat Elsee 💖

Love Boat Elsee 💖

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 😻

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 😻

French Bulldog Mango 💕

French Bulldog Mango 💕

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😹

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😹

French Bulldog Mango 💕

French Bulldog Mango 💕

Bernadoodle Tux 💕

Bernadoodle Tux 💕

Shepherd Cross Fynn 💖

Shepherd Cross Fynn 💖

Springer Poodle Mix Theo 🙀

Springer Poodle Mix Theo 🙀

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 😺

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 😺

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 💕

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 💕

French Bulldog Elsee 😻

French Bulldog Elsee 😻

English Bulldog Carlton 🙀

English Bulldog Carlton 🙀

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

Shepherd Cross Fynn 🙀

Shepherd Cross Fynn 🙀

Bullies Elsee & Mango 🙀

Bullies Elsee & Mango 🙀

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😹

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😹

Bernadoodle Tux 💕

Bernadoodle Tux 💕

Springer Poodle Mix Theo 😺

Springer Poodle Mix Theo 😺

Springer Poodle Mix Theo 🙀

Springer Poodle Mix Theo 🙀

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 💖

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 💖

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😻

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😻

French Bulldog Elsee 😹

French Bulldog Elsee 😹

Bullies Elsee & Mango 💕

Bullies Elsee & Mango 💕

Labrador Cassie 💖

Labrador Cassie 💖

French Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

French Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

French Bulldog Elsee 🙀

French Bulldog Elsee 🙀

French Bulldog Meatball 😹

French Bulldog Meatball 😹

Havanese Henry 💕

Havanese Henry 💕

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 💖

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 💖

English Bulldog Carlton 🙀

English Bulldog Carlton 🙀

French Bulldog Elsee 😻

French Bulldog Elsee 😻

Shepherd Cross Fynn 💖

Shepherd Cross Fynn 💖

French Bulldog Mango 😻

French Bulldog Mango 😻

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

Bullies Elsee & Mango 😺

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 😻

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 😻

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 💖

Dandie Dintmont EmmyLou 💖

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

English Bulldog Carlton 😻

French Bulldog Mango 😺

French Bulldog Mango 😺

English Bulldog Carlton 😺

English Bulldog Carlton 😺

Shepherd Cross Fynn 😺

Shepherd Cross Fynn 😺

Mango and Theo 🙀

Mango and Theo 🙀

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 😻

Dandie Dintmont Geordie 😻

French Bulldog Elsee 💕

French Bulldog Elsee 💕

 

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