Residents at our Tŷ Gwyn Care Home in Cwmbran thoroughly enjoy their weekly visits from their furry four-legged friends but this week they brought along something extra special.
Over the last year, Forest of Dean Dog Rescue volunteers, Emma and Lynne, have visited the home every week with their Cavalier King Charles dogs. They’ve seen at first-hand the difference their fostered dogs make to the residents’ lives which has led to a supporter of the dog rescue kindly donating an amazing £10,000 to the home’s activity and amenity fund.
They said: “Seeing the residents smiling, laughing and cuddling the dogs makes it so worthwhile. The dogs love being made a fuss of and residents’ faces light up when they walk in the room.
“We love working with the residents and often share stories about our time with them which prompted the donor to support even more opportunities for the residents to enjoy activities and special trips to make memories.”
Well-known for their calm and loving nature, the dogs really enjoy human interaction which gives our residents great enjoyment and comfort but also helps the fostered dogs to gain trust in people again which helps prepare them for rehoming.
Rachel Mann, Activities Co-ordinator at Tŷ Gwyn, introduced the dog visits after talking to Emma and Lynne about the benefits of animal therapy for people living with dementia. She said: “Having the dogs here makes our residents calmer and more sociable; they’re always a talking point in the home before, during and after they visit, which is a massive outcome for all the residents.”
Tŷ Gwyn resident, Irene Green, told us: “I love the dogs coming to see us, especially the one or two that have gotten to know me. I’ve never owned a dog but they immediately jump on my lap, ‘cwtch in’ and fall asleep when I stroke them.”
Home manager, Tracey Webb, said: “Everyone at Tŷ Gwyn are so grateful for this extremely kind donation and to Emma and Lynne for their regular visits, they’ve become a part of the home’s extended family.
“I was speechless when they told us. The money will make a massive difference to our residents’ lives and help with achieving individual outcomes. We’ve already got a trip to the seaside and panto arranged!”
Tŷ Gwyn Care Home provides high quality residential, dementia and respite care for 35 people aged 55 and over. To find out more about the home click here.
To learn more about the work of the Forest of Dean Dog Rescue click here.