Aubrey The Therapy Donkey - Austenwood Nursing Home

The residents of Austenwood Care Home were delighted to have a special visitor recently – Aubrey, the therapy donkey! Audrey is a gentle and loving animal with a special talent for bringing joy and comfort to people, wherever she goes. 

Animal therapy is a form of therapy where trained animals provide emotional, social and physical benefits to humans. Animal therapy has a positive impact on people living with dementia and also those dealing with anxiety and depression. The presence of animals can help reduce stress, improve mood, and increase social interaction.

Aubrey was dressed in all red, bringing a festive cheer to the home. She had a calming and soothing presence and all the residents were excited to have her in our space. They were eager to interact with her and loved petting her and feeding her biscuits

Aubrey’s visit to Austenwood was a great reminder of the benefits of animal therapy and how much joy and comfort animals can bring to residents. Here are some of the wonderful benefits of animal therapy:

Reduces stress and anxiety: 

Spending time with animals can help to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase production of oxytocin, the happy hormone.

Improves mood and well-being: 

Animal therapy can help to boost mood, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, and increase overall happiness.

Promotes physical activity: 

Engaging in activities with animals, such as walking or playing, can help to improve physical fitness and mobility.

Enhances social interaction: 

Animals can help to break down barriers and foster social interaction, especially for those who may be shy or withdrawn.

Previously, at Austenwood, we had a visit from alpacas Hugo and Finley, who also brought so much joy and laughter to our residents and staff!

For more information about our activities and events, please feel free to call us at +44 1753 890134 and a member of our friendly staff will be happy to speak with you.