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The Benefits of Living in a Pet-Friendly Nursing Home

June 18, 2019

Live the best years of your life with an animal companion by your side. There are many benefits of pet-friendly aged care in Melbourne.

Pet-friendly aged care facilities increase the satisfaction and happiness among the elderly, as well as resulting in fewer animal surrenders to pet shelters.

The joys of pet ownership

Pet ownership is mentally beneficial to people of all ages. Bonding with pets for as little as 15 minutes can lower cortisol levels and increase the production of serotonin – that means playing catch with your toy poodle or taking your golden retriever out for a walk can leave you feeling less stressed and happier overall.

And there’s no better time to enjoy the companionship of a devoted pet than in your golden years. With more time to care for pets, you can provide a better quality of life to animals in need of a home.

Retirees who are no longer able to engage in activities they used to enjoy, or stay in touch with friends, will find consolation in the company of their furry friends.

Other benefits include:

  •  More physical activity. Pets, particularly dogs, encourage their owners to engage in light physical activity such as playing, cleaning, and daily walks.
  •  More social interaction. Pet owners generally have more opportunities to socialize by meeting other pet owners or talking to people who show       interest in their pets.
  • Better morale. Pets are known to improve their owners’ mood, lessening feelings of loneliness and isolation, and giving them a renewed sense of purpose.
  • Increased alertness. Pets’ reliance on their owners can make you feel more alert and mentally present.
  • Routine. Pet ownership requires work, but caring for one gives structure to day-to-day life, with owners having to follow regular feeding times and exercise.

The need for pet-friendly aged care services

Despite the benefits of pet ownership, however, only 18% of residential aged care facilities in Australia allow retirees to take their pets with them, according to a 2017 study by the Animal Welfare League of Australia (AWLA). The study also found that 7% of pet surrenders were related to the need for aged care, with over 9,600 surrenders to the RSPCA believed to be elderly-related.

These statistics point to the need for pet-friendly aged care services. The good news is that there are some aged care facilities that acknowledge the benefits of pet ownership and the need for animals to stay with their owners.

The primary benefits of pet-friendly aging care services include:

  •  A reduced need to surrender pets to shelters, particularly older pets that may have difficulty finding a new home
  • Smoother transition to aged care
  • Increased morale for both staff and residents

How to choose a pet-friendly nursing home in Melbourne

There are several factors to consider when choosing a pet-friendly aged care service provider, including:

  • Policies. A nursing home often allows pets based on certain conditions, such as the number, size, and breed of your animal companions. The majority of pets in residential facilities are dogs and cats, though fish and birds are also allowed
  • They will also make sure that your pet is full vaccinated and non-disruptive to other residents and animals in the nursing home.
  • Space. How much space does the community offer? Though caged animals, such as birds, have no need for open space, other animals, such as dogs and cats, must have room to play and roam.
  • Security. The facility must be secure enough so that your beloved pets will not be able to escape or get lost or trapped.
  • Support. Does the community have a support group for pet owners? You will be expected to take full care of your pet, but the existence of support groups will make caring for your pet less overwhelming and more fulfilling.

Embracia understand the needs of its residents and the important role pets play in their lives. This pet-friendly community offers the highest quality of care and a lifestyle-focused approach in order to create a warm and friendly environment for residents and their pets.

If you would like to find out more about Embracia and their pet friendly philosophy, feel free to contact us today for a chat or a tour of one of our homes.

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The Benefits of Staying Active

May 8, 2019

The World Health Organisation Declares Aged Care Activity A Lifesaver

Here at Embracia, we’ve instinctively known that keeping our residents active is an integral part of their overall care regime, and the good news is that the World Health Organisation agrees. They have now released research stating the concrete benefits of staying active as we get older - and there are many. Read on to find out how keeping active can help your ageing family member.

Redefining Wellness at Embracia Aged Care Homes

These days we measure physical health by how much functionality a person has. Function is measured by the ageing person’s ability to perform the things they need to do to feel physically and emotionally well.

The concept of well being has three aspects, social, mental and physical. Activity should always aim to improve at least one of these three aspects of life. Residents report an increase in feeling connected to the world and one another after undergoing physical activity, these feelings do wonders for their mental well being.

The process of ageing is challenging enough, here at Embracia we want to make sure our residents feel as well as possible for as long as possible.

Embracia Keeps People Moving

At Embracia, we tailor our care to your loved one’s needs. Some of the more ‘active’ of the activities we do with residents include walking groups around the neighboring streets. We find the residents love to get out in the sun and see the local neighborhood around both of our Melbourne based nursing homes.

There are also daily group exercise classes with Karina the physiotherapist, and we put on carpet bowls and Bocce on rainy days. There’s also handball to keep hand/eye coordination sharp and of course each month residents find themselves at RSL socials where they can dance to live music. We also bring in live entertainers for the residents who are less able to get out and about, but are still keen to be involved and keep active.

Activity: Four Essential Elements Of Aged Care

Agility
One of the first benefits we start seeing is an improvement in the ability to reach and balance. When your loved one is encouraged to be active, it gives them confidence and independence.

2. Longevity

Gentle exercise like walking can add several years to your lifespan. The World Health Organisation reports that sedentary living is one of the top causes of disability and early death.

3. Fall Prevention

Activity and gentle exercise reduce not just falls but the fear of falling. Confidence is gained through improved strength and balance. If falls have been an issue for your loved one, our physiotherapist can help them work on building muscle and preserving bone density to help reduce the instance of falls in the future.

4. Relieve Chronic Pain

Many residents live with chronic pain. Gentle activity increases blood flow to the heart which keeps cholesterol levels down and therefore reduces incidents of stroke or heart disease. It can also help reduce pain and to manage all sorts of physical conditions by increasing muscle tone, strength and ability.

Understand the Embracia Aged Care Experience

Discover the benefits of staying active at Embracia Aged Care homes, contact us on 1800 281 274 to book a tour.

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