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Older people's relationships with companion animals : a pilot study

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posted on 2008-04-01, 00:00 authored by Lauren Prosser, Mardie TownsendMardie Townsend, Petra StaigerPetra Staiger
When older people enter residential care facilities, disruption to social networks may occur, with detrimental effects on health and wellbeing. This article reports on a study undertaken in an aged care facility in Melbourne, Australia, that explored the potential for a visiting companion animal programme to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and to promote their capacity for building relationships. Results back assertions in the literature that companion animals foster relationships by giving people opportunities to interact with others, but further study is needed to verify the link

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Journal

Nursing older people

Volume

20

Issue

3

Pagination

29 - 32

Publisher

RCN Publishing

Location

London, England

ISSN

1472-0795

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Royal College of Nursing Publishing Company (RCN)

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