Residents at Anley Hall Nursing Home in Settle, North Yorkshire, enjoyed a visit from man’s best friend for a PAT-dog session.
PAT dog Bryn visited the residents with his owner, Brian, from the charity Pets As Therapy (PAT) and kept the residents company for the afternoon.
Residents stroked and communicated with Bryn while Brian told the residents about caring for him.
Pets As Therapy is a community based charity that provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other establishments from volunteers with their pet dogs and cats.
The animals are known to have a calming and therapeutic effect and give those residents that previously owned a dog the opportunity to interact with the animals and re-kindle fond memories.
Anley Hall Nursing Home, which is based on Skipton Road and operated by Healthcare Management Solutions, provides nursing care for up to 47 elderly residents, some of whom have dementia.
Heidi Davies, Regional Manager, said: “The residents really look forward to Brian and Bryn visiting and especially enjoy the companionship. Interaction with Bryn has a very soothing and comforting effect, which is very beneficial for our residents and we are really grateful for the regular visits from Brian and Bryn.”