Molly helping senior community members feel better
Senior community members are turning to a cuddly, four-legged friend called Molly to help ease their aches and pains.
The four-year-old therapy dog, provided by the Delta Society Australia, has been delighting visitors of Silver Chain’s Integrum Aged Care+ clinic in Belmont, Western Australia helping them forget about their various health concerns.
“Molly brightens the day, she just makes you happy,” Mary Lazaroo said, a pet lover and Integrum client.
“When I first came in I had pain and was uncomfortable, but seeing something so cuddly and soft running around, she lit me up and took away my pain.”
Integrum is an innovative health care model helping seniors manage chronic conditions, and Molly’s weekly visits are fast becoming the best time of the week for some according to Integrum Director, Marc de St Pern.
“Having Molly in the clinic helps make the experience an enjoyable one for our clients,” Mr de St Pern said.
“Molly puts smiles on faces, brings joy and is often the catalyst for conversation. “And like many of our clinic visitors, Molly loves a sweet biscuit.”
By encouraging physical activity, improving socialisation and decreasing loneliness, pet therapy has proven to be effective in the care of the elderly.
Silver Chain’s Integrum Aged Care+ is designed to support older seniors with complex care needs - particularly those with chronic health conditions to stay at home and confidently live their lives as they choose.
For more information visit Integrum Aged Care+ or call 1300 513 535.
12 April 2019
Luke McManus | Communications Officer
T 08 6318 7626 | E Luke.Mcmanus@silverchain.org.au
About Silver Chain Group
We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.
We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.
For more information, please see silverchain.org.au.