Arcare Aged Care residences across NSW, Victoria and Queensland have had a paw-some time celebrating National Take Your Dog to Work Day.
In Queensland, residents and team members at Arcare Helensvale were surprised (and delighted) with a visit from 11-month-old Labradoodle, Bailey.
Having first visited the residence when he was just four months old, many were surprised at how much he’d grown in just seven months.
“He’s the most beautiful dog; I wish he could visit all the time,” one resident commented.
“He’s very gentle, smart and fluffy, making him a great companion to the residents.
“Several commented that they’d love to spend more one-to-one time with Bailey.”
The community loved his visit so much that his owner, enrolled nurse Emma, has already promised to bring him in again.
Meanwhile, at Arcare Knox and The Lodge in Melbourne, 18-month-old Golden Retriever, Dazzler, has been coming since he was eight weeks old.
He visits the residents every weekend with lifestyle coordinator Lee and even attends activities and resident meetings.
Dazzler is gentle and loving and is very much loved by the residents at Arcare Knox.
Team members are also big fans of Dazzler as he makes everyone smile when he strolls around the residence like it’s his second home.
“He is very much part of our team here at Arcare Knox,” one team member commented.
Clinical lead Lib also brought in her three-year-old Whippet, Curly for his first visit to the residence.
Up at Arcare Noosa in Queensland, residents and staff held their very own Pet Parade to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day.
An impressive 15 dogs walked the runway, and in preparation for the event, residents Anne, CC, Kaye, Jean, Jeanette, Marion, Bonnie, Malcolm, Sandy and Carolyn produced home made yummy dog treats consisting of peanut butter and honey.
“It was wonderful having all the dogs come to our home for the Pet Parade; it was such a happy day for all the residents,” resident Carolyn said.
Arcare Noosa residence manager Laura-Jo, who also brought her own dog Harry in, said the day was a huge success.
“It was such a wonderful turnout of residents, some choosing to even watch from their balconies with a cup of tea.
“We had residents who rarely choose to attend events that came and thoroughly enjoyed the Pet Parade. There were smiles all around…”
At the Oatlands community in NSW, residence manager Glenn brings in his little two-year-old Dachshund, Libbi for a visit once a month.
As a result, Libbi now feels very much at home with the residents and team members.
Years ago, resident Jill had Dachshunds of her own, but for now she can settle for being one of Libbi’s biggest fans, and the pair always spend time together when she visits.
Resident Arthur’s daughter said her dad had a dachshund named Dachy for 10 years; and so seeing Libbi had given him a smile.
“I haven’t seen him smile so much for years,” she said.
Meanwhile at Arcare Pimpama in Queensland, receptionist Tyler brought in her eight-month-old Staffordshire Terrier and Cattle Dog cross Rufus for a visit.
This playful puppy was a bundle of energy as the pair toured the facility saying hi to residents and team members.
“I’ve had dogs all my life and I just love them. I used to have one like Rufus,” resident Noeleen said.
To add to the pawsome day, Arcare Pimpana residence manager Vicki also brought along her Dachshunds, Cheerio and Coco.
“Pets are really great companions and we find that they are very therapeutic,” Vicki said.
“Our residents started joyfully reminiscing about their own dogs and team members were sharing stories, too.”
Resident Di in particular bonded very closely with Coco. Her mood lifted noticeably and her demeanour became calm when she patted Coco.
Some, however, prefer the companionship of robotic pet animals, such as resident Lynette who has her own robotic dog named Rover, whom she adores.
Down at Arcare Templestowe in Victoria, 13-month-old Bulldog, Archie, has been happily visiting since he was a puppy.
Lifestyle assistant Damien brought him in throughout the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 to provide some joy to the residents.
Damien makes it a point to visit residents in the Surpells community as he used to be a personal support worker there, and would bring Archie in on his days off.
During lockdown, resident Barbara did her best to train him, as puppy schools were closed for some time.
As a result, they have developed a very special bond.
Barbara has treats in her room which she uses to teach Archie to sit.
Since he was a puppy, they have spent almost an hour in her suite every weekend.
“Nothing makes me happier than having a visit from our four-legged friends; they make all the difference to our wellbeing and it feels like home with a pet around,” Barbara said.