Animal therapy is welcomed with open arms at Exemplar Health Care

23 February 2023

Female service user with dog for animal therapy

Animal therapy has been shown to improve mood, self-esteem and social skills. Many of our residents enjoy visits from animals including dogs, donkeys and even snakes and spiders!

Therapy dog, Rex, is welcomed into Kavanagh Place

Residents and colleagues at our Kavanagh Place care home in Kirkdale, Liverpool, recently had a visit from Rex, a therapy dog from Pets As Therapy.

Pets As Therapy is a national charity, where volunteers who have their own pets dedicate their spare time to visiting all types of people and venues, such as care homes.

Rex spent time with residents in the garden, where they walked him around the enclosed grounds and brushed his fur whilst enjoying his company.

Sarah, Life Skills Co-ordinator, shared “It was lovely to see what a difference animals can make.”

Research has shown that spending time with animals can reduce stress and blood pressure, as well as bring comfort and joy into the daily routine of care home residents.

About Kavanagh Place care home in Kirkdale

Kavanagh Place is a 40 bed care home which supports adults living with complex dementia, complex mental health needs, and physical disabilities.

The home recently received a ‘Good’ rating from CQC in all five of the key areas – Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led, and achieved Quality Assured status by the Huntington’s Disease Association.

The home also hosts a OneCare service in  a two-bedroom house across the road from the main care home. OneCare is ideal for people who require a low stimulus environment or to live alone.

Health care jobs in Liverpool

If you're interested in joining our team at Kavanagh Place, we currently have vacancies for a range of health care jobs, including Registered NursesCare Assistants, Care Home Support and other health care roles.

Other vacancies are also available in our neighbouring care homes at Brook View in Fazakerley and at our brand new Roseside care home in Liverpool which opened this month.

Visit our online job search to find out more and apply.