Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Wellness Care Farm

Nourishing Hearts

The Research Partners

The Impact of Animal Assisted Intervention on Staff in a Seniors Residential Care Facility

Farm animals were introduced to individuals with dementia living in a residential environment to assess if Animal Assisted Therapy would have a positive impact on study participants’ behaviour. Outcomes were mixed in part due to the lack of memory retention of the study participants. However, a distinct secondary question arose: what are the effects on the rest of the residents’ system? Twenty staff who work on the specialized dementia unit were interviewed to ascertain what changes they perceived in the residents, their family, and thus their working conditions as a result of animals being introduced on the unit and becoming part of the therapy protocol.

This research study has been published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions. http://rdcu.be/Any5