Pet Therapy at Grace House of Windham
At Grace House of Windham, pets are part of the family. Our pets bring a smile to our residents’ faces, brightening their day. We are firm believers in pet therapy for the elderly because it provides a sense of well-being and companionship. Pets are a cause for connecting with people, conversation, and nurturing. Dealing with separation from loved ones can be hard, causing a sense of loneliness. Pet therapy for adults eases the problem and provides a positive outlook to all of our residents.
According to LoveToKnow Seniors, the physical benefits of pet therapy for the elderly are increased mobility, increased exercise, and lowered blood pressure. The emotional benefits are companionship, a sense of caring and nurturing, increased self-esteem, decreased anxiety and depression due to the bond formed with the animal, reduced loneliness, and increased social interaction.
Fall Risk Among the Elderly
Grace House of Windham provides a small, home-like environment for our residents. With a high staff to resident ratio, we can ensure that the safety of your loved one is our highest priority. Adequate staffing ensures a lower fall ratio and allows proper fall risk protocols to be in place.
Each staff member averages 4-5 residents at a time, which is significantly below industry standards. This means that your loved one gets more personalized attention at Grace House of Windham than any other facility.
Dementia With Lewy Bodies
Grace House of Windham is a safe environment for the memory impaired, including those with Lewy body dementia. Lewy body dementia is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain. The disease has common symptoms with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and is common in older adults.
Lewy body dementia accounts for as many as 20% of the seven million cases of dementia in the United States. This disease is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.
Dementia with Lewy bodies is the term for numerous disorders or conditions that cause dementia. The disease is named after smooth round protein lumps, which are called Lewy bodies, found in the nerve cells of affected brains. The Lewy bodies are found throughout the layer of the brain and deep inside the brainstem.
Grace House of Windham is purposely designed to be a safe environment for the memory impaired. Our high staff to resident ratio, which is better than any other facility in the area, allows proper time to care for our residents who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. All of our residents are treated with care, respect, and dignity all the time.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory, judgment, decision making, the ability to carry out simple daily tasks, and language. Most of the time symptoms start to appear after age 60.