5 ways in which care home residents can benefit from animal companionship

The presence of animals can offer significant therapeutic benefits to elderly individuals, particularly those with dementia. Interacting with animals can bring happiness, comfort, and a feeling of fulfilment. Animal companionship has numerous benefits for people living in care homes and also those living with dementia.

At Crouched Friars, we encourage our residents to spend time with animals. Our residents recently visited Jimmy’s Farm in Ipswich to spend time with a bunch of our furry friends and had a great time. It was an amazing experience and everyone left with a smile on their faces.

Here are a few ways in which care home residents can benefit from animal companionship:

  • Decrease feelings of anxiety and stress:

Spending time with our furry companions can have a soothing effect on residents and help in alleviating feelings of anxiety and stress. Being around animals is also known to lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate, which helps one relax.


  • Enhanced physical well-being:

The presence of animals can stimulate physical activity such as walking or playing. This contributes to overall physical health. For residents in care homes, animals serve as motivation for engaging in more activities.

  • Sense of purpose:

Participating in such activities and daily routines enhances self-esteem and preserves cognitive abilities. It helps instil a sense of purpose among care home residents. Additionally, taking care of a pet imparts a sense of responsibility.


  • Emotional support and companionship:

The presence of animals offers comfort, companionship, and emotional support to care home residents. The bond formed with animals can help with feelings of loneliness and fosters a sense of belonging.


  • Enhanced social interaction: 

Being in the company of pets can encourage better social interactions and communication among residents in a care home. Animals also cultivate a warm community spirit among them.

The Alzheimer’s Society advises animal companionship for individuals living with dementia. Read more about it here.

Animals have a unique way of uplifting spirits and promoting overall well-being. Whether it’s interacting with them or simply being in their lovely presence, it is always a joyful experience.

At Crouched Friars, we all love animals and they are always welcome in our home.

For more information about our home, please call us on 01206 572647 or drop by for a chat!

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