Emotional Support Animals for Seniors

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It’s no secret that animals, especially dogs, can be great support systems and guides for human handlers with a disability, from blindness to epilepsy and so much more. Sometimes, though, people overlook the usefulness of pets for emotional support and animal-assisted therapy sessions. At Winchester Terrace, we are so grateful to the community members who step up and allow this to benefit the residents of our Mansfield nursing center.

Animals offer a different kind of companionship that promotes healing and emotional support. Recently, our friend John Todd has been gracious enough to regularly bring his dogs to Winchester Terrace and offer therapeutic puppy time for our residents. Of course, our attentive staff is always on call to meet their medical, physical, and emotional needs. However, for those who have left full households, beloved grandchildren, or trusted pets to live and be cared for at our facility, there can sometimes be a void that is hard to fill by our staff alone.

It’s incredible the many roles that our pets can fill. They’re always here for us, from lap dogs to mischievous friends to trained service or emotional support animals! Animal-assisted therapy continues to be studied and developed by experts. Still, it has been known to improve health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and mental health disorders. If your loved one is suffering from such a condition or can get lonely living alone, consider scheduling a tour with us at Winchester Terrace. Aside from our professional healthcare staff, they will also receive comforting attention from those who give it generously: our furry friends.

If you want more information about Winchester Terrace's skilled nursing facility or to schedule a tour, we encourage you to call us at 419-756-4747 or contact us online.