Therapy dog Jake just what the doctor ordered


Jake with his owner Ann Jacobs visit 100-year-old Kingia Care resident Mavis Cleaver. |Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d452032
Jake with his owner Ann Jacobs visit 100-year-old Kingia Care resident Mavis Cleaver. |Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d452032

Standard poodle Jake is the facility’s new therapy dog.

He was adopted by village residents Ann and John Jacobs after his future looked uncertain. Since moving in, Jake has become a pal to the whole place.

The three-year-old hound meets and greets seniors at Swan Care’s Kingia Tandara aged care facilities, where Mrs Jacobs takes him on twice-weekly visits to bring companionship to residents, most of whom had owned and loved dogs in their younger years.

“Jake has had an extremely positive influence on residents, as well as SwanCare’s staff and our neighbours at the village,” Mrs Jacobs said.

“Already we are finding that his presence is very relaxing for residents. They love stroking him and giving him treats, and his visits certainly increase interactivity with residents who are living with dementia.

“The feedback we’ve received from everyone has been very positive.”