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Meet Pearl, Carillon of Asheboro’s Furry Celebrity and Friend to All Seniors

meet-pearl-carillon-of-asheboros-furry-celebrity-2Over the past couple of years while getting to know my residents, one topic continued to come up. I miss my pet! My pet made it home for me!

So after hearing this for a while, Pearl was introduced to the residents. Pearl is my daughter’s dog. We set aside time on the activity calendar called Time with Pearl. Pearl came and residents that normally would not come to an activity started coming, wanting to see Pearl! You can see the love and affection between them!

On the days Pearl doesn’t come, I am meet at my door with questions each day. How is Pearl doing today? When will she be back? Will you give her this treat I got just for her? Would you give this ball to Pearl? When did you say Pearl will be back because I don’t want to miss the chance to see my buddy? So I made sure it was ok with my daughter to bring Pearl for visits more often.

meet-pearl-carillon-of-asheboros-furry-celebrity-1Recently Pearl has been joined by a brother named Max, so the love continues and the residents just keep coming to spend time with both Pearl and Max now! Everyone stops to take time to get some love from Max and he gladly gives it.

Pearl and Max aren’t alone. Residents at Carillon Assisted Living in Asheboro also have two other furry friends and frequent visitors, Charlie and Precious.

Pets are Good for You
There are emotional, mental and physical reasons why time with pets is so important. Here are a few:

Research has shown the benefits of seniors interacting on a regular basis with pets include:

  • Reducing stress
  • Encouraging a positive emotional state
  • Helping loneliness
  • Fighting depression
  • Encouraging emotional connections
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Increasing social interaction
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Providing comfort and emotional support
  • Improving overall emotional, mental and physical health

Dogs have no worry for tomorrow, are very social animals and love to receive and give you their attention. Pets live in the present and help seniors live and experience joy and happiness in the present. They will focus on those that give them attention. Pets reciprocate unconditional love and affection.

Shelley Thompson, Director of Activities
Carillon Assisted Living of Asheboro

Posted in Resident and Community Life Tagged , , , , , on October 14, 2016

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