Delta Society therapy dogs are making Bupa Bexley residents smile

Furry buddies: Therapy dogs regularly visit aged care facility Bupa Bexley for a cuddle and a pat.

Furry buddies: Therapy dogs regularly visit aged care facility Bupa Bexley for a cuddle and a pat.

A video that shows a ‘dog’s eye view’ of its interactions with residents at an aged care centre, has been created, to highlight the importance of companionship with elderly people.

A GoPro was strapped onto Hugo, and during his visits to Bupa Bexley, footage was recorded, showing a typical day in the life of a therapy day.

The pooch is led by Delta Society Australia volunteer David Doig, who is dedicated to regularly visiting the elderly at the home with a couple of other four-legged friends, Ralf and Lucy.

Mr Doig has been visiting the home for about the past six months, and each time the visit is welcomed by staff and residents.

“The visits are just as emotionally beneficial for the residents, staff and families spending time with their loved ones as they are for the dogs and me”, he said.

“I was asked if we could visit more often because it’s smiles all round when Hugo, Ralf or Lucy arrive.”

“The residents don’t really have to bend down too far to pat him and like most greyhounds, Hugo is no lap dog so there are no worries about him jumping on people.”

Bupa Bexley lifestyle officer, Sophia Zaharopoulos, says the dogs brighten up everyone’s day.

“The residents absolutely love when the dogs come into the home as they’re able to reminisce about pets that they used to have when they were younger and more independent, this is such a pleasant memory for them to relive,” Ms Zaharopoulos said.

“Any built-up tension the residents may have, especially those living with dementia is quickly dissolved once they see Hugo or one of his furry siblings.”

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