When most people think of therapy animals, they automatically think of dogs or cats. And while these are always the most familiar animals among a given group, there are other animals that can provide stimulation in very positive and different ways. At the Jura Care Village, we have a beautiful aviary with the most beautiful birds. Residents frequently come to sit with the birds, listening to their chirps and their chimes.
Interesting is that not only have we seen that our residents benefit in various ways from interacting with the birds, but studies now also confirm that interaction with animals can help decrease anxiety and increase feelings of calm and well-being. Some Alzheimer’s patients have even been able to stop needing anti-anxiety medication as a direct result of interacting with animals on a regular basis
Animals can also enhance the patient’s connection to his or her world. Someone who is very fond of music may very likely find comfort in the singing of our birds.