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Pet week at Kandahar Home

Pet week at Kandahar Home

Kandahar resident Josephine with Lola the dog.
Kandahar resident Josephine with Lola the dog.

Animals will roam Enliven’s Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court in Masterton for pet week, with residents, their families, and staff bringing along their much-loved furry friends.

Pet Week is an opportunity for pet owners to introduce their pets to the residents at Masterton’s Kandahar homes from Tuesday 20 to Sunday 25 January 2015.

On Friday at 2pm there will be a pet parade at Kandahar Home where all the pets will congregate in the recreation room with their owners before embarking on a grand parade around the home.

Mike Keyworth, manager of both Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court, says pet week will celebrate companionship between residents and animals.

“At Enliven homes, such as Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court, we believe continuing contact with animals is integral to the wellbeing of older people,” explains Mike.

“Pets play a role in ensuring residents have meaningful activity and purpose in their lives. It’s different for everyone, but often having a pet to look after gives people a positive focus.”

Pet week isn’t the only time animals are allowed at Kandahar homes either. Kandahar residents are encouraged to move in with their pets, providing they “get along” with others.

“For many people pets are part of their family and they have an incredibly strong bond with them. We don’t want our residents to go through the heart break of losing their pet when they don’t have to,” Mike explains.

“Obviously we take each situation on a case-by-case basis. We need to make sure that the pet is going to get on with other people and animals that also live at the home. I don’t think we could house a llama, but small pets are welcome.”

He says every day staff see the incredible influence animals have on people – both relaxing and energising.

“I bring my own dog, Lola, to work with me every day so she can socialise with the residents. For some residents sitting patting a dog or a cat is really relaxing, while for others it might encourage them to be more active – like taking the dog for a walk.”

Click to find out more about Kandahar Home or Kandahar Court in Masterton.

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