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Bella the dog is perfect pet therapy

Emberbrook Care Home, Surrey-Resident Sonia loves it when Bella the dog visits

“It’s really wonderful seeing our residents’ faces light up when Bella visits, she’s such a friendly dog who brings smiles to everyone’s faces”

Residents at Emberbrook Care Home always look forward to visits from their four-legged friend Bella.

Bella, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Poodle cross is a ‘Pets as Therapy’ dog who visits every week with her owner Yvette. Pets as Therapy (PAT) volunteers, work with their own pets to bring joy, comfort and companionship to people who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal.

For many of our residents, pet therapy contributes considerably to their wellbeing. Being able to pet an animal provides many therapeutic benefits for people suffering health conditions such as autism and dementia.

Resident Sonia is always over the moon to see Bella and said, “I really enjoy giving Bella treats and cuddles every week.”

Home Manager Sudhir said, “It’s really wonderful seeing our residents’ faces light up when Bella visits, she’s such a friendly dog who brings smiles to everyone’s faces.”

At Emberbrook we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.

Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents.

The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.

Emberbrook Care Home is located in Thames Ditton, Surrey and provides ​residential carenursing caredementia carepalliative care and respite care.

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