Senior residents that aren’t able to care for themselves anymore are moved into a nursing home. Here, the seniors get twenty-four-hour care thanks to the shifting nursing staff that works in these kinds of facilities. However, it can be a little boring for the residents, especially when they’re physically unable to go wherever they go.
Most nursing homes organize activities to help residents with their social, physical, and mental needs. However, it’s nowhere near enough to help residents curb their boredom. We need to remember that a lot of elderly residents living in nursing homes have once had a productive life. They used to work and had responsibilities to keep them busy.
Most nursing home residents want to feel useful. So, a nursing home facility, called York Healthcare, found a way to help their elderly residents by making them feel valued. York Healthcare staff figured that they could help their residents by letting them foster senior dogs.
The new foster program that York Healthcare took part in isn’t only helping senior dogs find their forever homes. They’re also improving the overall well-being of their elderly residents. The best thing about the program is that the residents love it. Caring for the dogs keeps the residents of the nursing busy. And, the residents involved love it.
The nursing home residents do everything for the dogs in their care. They take them for a walk, they feed them, and they spoil them with cuddles and kisses. Even when some of the nursing home residents use a wheelchair, their disability doesn’t get in the way. Caring for the dogs provided the nursing home residents with a sense of purpose.
The residents of York Healthcare are also more active when they foster dogs, which is essential in keeping their mind and body healthy. This simple foster program benefits everyone involved. It helps the dogs get ready for forever homes, and it also helps the residents maintain their overall health. Here’s a remarkable video showing the benefits of getting nursing home residents foster rescue dogs.
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