The use of a therapy dog also helps to heighten enthusiasm and motivation to help clients reach their therapy goals, as well as to create a dialogue and open rapport with their therapist.
When Support Coordinator, Raechel called up Emily from Kickstart Collective, she was delighted to hear that the team were more than happy to come out with therapy dog, Lulu to visit residents at Lily House. As it turns out, some of the team had already expressed an interest to work with older participants.
The team travelled with Lulu to Lily House to provide support and companionship to the residents of the home. The team now visit the home on Mondays and Fridays each week for both one-on-one support and group support with Lulu. Some of the activities that residents, Lulu and the Kickstart team enjoy together include playing bingo, doing puzzles, discussing the most recent episodes of TV series, ‘Heartland’, learning new signs for communication, enjoying the sunshine and going for a walk… and Lulu has recently discovered she really enjoys razzing the resident bird!
Visits from Lulu bring so much joy to Lily House residents and give them something special to look forward to twice a week. These sessions provide companionship and improve mental health of residents in a way that is engaging and, most important of all, loads of fun!
We want to give a big thank you to the team at Kickstart, who didn’t hesitate to engage with participants when we reached out, despite their day-to-day work focusing on assisiting children and youth.
To learn more about Mai-Wel’s Support Coordination or Supported Living services, contact us on 4057 2900 or STaRT@maiwel.com.au.
Pictured: The residents of Lily House love spending time with therapy dog Lulu.