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PAW Program

Wagging Tails Make Smiling Faces

Therapeutic Activities for Residents and Patients

At Spring Hills, we’re dedicated to improving the quality of life of our residents. Sometimes this means we need a helping paw. In addition to a growing body of well-documented evidence, we’ve seen the enormous physical and psychological benefits of pet ownership first-hand.

Pets provide a comfort system that actually produces a chemical chain reaction to help lower levels of cortisol, a stress-inducing hormone, and increase levels of serotonin, the feel-good hormone. That’s why our Pets Are Welcome (PAW) Program invites four-legged friends to enjoy our Spring Cottage Memory Care Environments and other senior living communities.

For residents struggling with life events beyond their control, taking care of a beloved pet increases mobility, inspires an independent spirit, and intrigues the mind with a sense of purpose. Four-legged friends also create much-needed structure and routine to our days, especially as we age. And best yet – their steadfast companionship, loyal devotion, and unconditional love promote overall well-being and happiness.

Our Memory Care Environments feature popular pet therapy programs so all animal-loving residents can enjoy the benefits of interacting with the cuddly companions we keep on the premises. Additionally, our Poet’s Walk Memory Care Communities all have aviaries, where seniors can observe colorful birds at play or relish in their chirping conversations.

Whether you’re petting a cat or dog to soothe anxiety, or receiving an affectionate nuzzle to make you smile, studies have shown that pets can provide:

  • A promoted feeling of calmness
  • A reduction in loneliness and isolation
  • Increased physical activity
  • A decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • An increase in mental stimulation and brain activity
  • A purpose to get up each day
  • A higher level of happiness and fulfillment
  • More smiles and alertness
  • More tolerant tendencies from seniors with forms of dementia

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