Can Rx pets help my father who has Dementia?

Asked by: Tami Rogers |Posted on: December,04 | Viewed: 429 times


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Thanks for your question! 

Yes -- Therapy pets have been proven to help people with Alzheimer's and Dementia. However, his response also depends on the experiences your father has had with pets in the past. You may want to talk to other family members about the best type of therapy pet for your father, so you can ensure that he has the best experience possible. 
Many communities allow Rx pets to visit on certain days to comfort residents. Try to plan your visit on the same day so you can be there with your father when he meets his new furry friend. You can help him understand how to interact with the animal and take photos of the experience to share with family members. He may even like a copy to keep with him at the nursing home. 
Seniorly's writers have also created a helpful article to address this question: 
Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that come up and we'll be happy to answer them :) Best, 
The Seniorly Team

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