Aged care residents enjoy the paws-itive benefits of four-legged friend

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Mt Lofty residents Gloria Henderson and Betty Thomas with Rocky

Mt Lofty residents Gloria Henderson and Betty Thomas with Rocky

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Mt Lofty Heights Residential Aged Care is lapping up the love from resident dog Rocky, who provides plenty of canine companionship.

The retired greyhound now calls the local facility home after being adopted when he was five; much to the delight of everyone at Mt Lofty.

Acting Diversional Therapist Natalie Smith said while Rocky is adorable, he also makes a big difference in brightening everyone’s day.

“The residents get happy as soon as he walks into their area,” Ms Smith said.

“He has a special connection with them which is really lovely to see.”

That connection means lots of pats, and a few special snacks for Rocky in return.

“He loves to come to my room and get a treat. He’s a beautiful dog, he’s so faithful,” Beverley Boundy said.

“I love dogs. He gets a pat when he wants one, then he runs off,” Gloria Henderson said.

“He’s quite a friendly dog,” Betty Thomas said.

Rocky and other four-legged friends are being celebrated during September for Therapy Dog Awareness Month.

Therapy dogs play a vital role in providing comfort, companionship and emotional support to those in care.

Nurse Ragni Kallio said it’s been amazing to see Rocky settle into the facility over the years and form special bonds with the residents.

“He loves Mt Lofty, he loves the people here and he loves the atmosphere because it’s home,” said Ms Kallio.

For more information on Mt Lofty Heights Residential Aged Care call 4616 4900 or visit: www.darlingdowns.health.qld.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-centres/mt-lofty-heights-aged-care