Pet visits have consistently been a popular activity with our residents at Maristhill.
As one expert put it, "Dogs make people happy!"
But the "pets" we encounter during these visits include a wide range of cuddly critters that go well beyond just dogs...
Further, and most important, studies have shown that regular visits with pets can have positive physical, emotional, and mental benefits for the elderly, especially those living in nursing or long-term care facilities.
Physical benefits include lowering blood pressure, lowering heart rate, and reducing overall stress.
Emotional benefits include reducing anxiety and depression, and decreasing loneliness through regular social interaction with the pets.