Bield offers pet therapy sessions at Edinburgh extra care development

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Elderly residents at an Edinburgh housing development have been provided with pet therapy sessions to help combat loneliness, following initial success throughout lockdown.

Cocker spaniel, Caly, has been visiting customers at Bield’s Castlebrae Glebe in Craigmillar twice a week since September to provide much needed fun activities and cuddles.

Sharon Tomany, Development Manager at Castlebrae Glebe organised the sessions to encourage a positive mental health environment and help individuals tackle issues that come with isolation.

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Sharon said: “The pet therapy sessions have been received extremely positively by customers and staff as there is nothing better than a cuddle from a fluffy animal, especially during a period of isolation where socialising and human interaction was limited.

“We made the decision to continue the sessions as customers have noticeably benefited and we’ve seen first-hand just how big an impact it has. I can tell when we have Caly in the building, our customers’ faces light up.

“Some of our customers feel comfort with Caly as it brings back fond memories of when they had pets of their own.

“It fills me with happiness to see how much joy Caly has brought to Castlebrae Glebe, we look forward to her visits.”

Pet therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems.

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