We would like to thank Claire Kenning and her team at Bupa's Abbotsbury Residential Home in Biggleswade for their kind invitation to Petpiggies to visit and meet some of their residents.
Our micro pigs have enjoyed several trips to care homes this year, most with residents suffering with advanced Dementia, and it's no surprise each visit brings us firmly back down to Earth.
You cannot help being reminded that showing kindness, caring and giving to others is a wonderful gift especially when offered to people in old age.
Residents meeting our little piggies often react in ways that surprises even their carers, with faces lighting up and arms reaching out to pet a piglet. It truly is a delight to see and to realise a brief encounter like this can make such a big difference.
These reactions possibly contribute to the increase in the number of Animal-Assisted therapy programmes that now often include therapy pigs!
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
Pet therapy is a centuries-old treatment approach and is now being validated via scientific and anecdotal data proving its effectiveness.
Animals have the ability to form strong connections with humans and vice versa and there is now clear evidence that AAT has improved levels of activity and general well-being – in some cases by as much as 50%
Patients taking an active part in AAT often show a greater degree of awareness and improved communication so there's greater hope for us all!