Home of Compassion welcome Peanut

The residents at Home of Compassion Nursing Home in Thames Ditton, have welcomed a new member to the family!

At Home of Compassion we are always looking for ways to help improve the well being of the residents. It is proven that animals are very therapeutic and can improve social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Peanut is the new Pet Therapy Dog who is coming to see the residents every Tuesday for an hour. Peanut is a two yer old Tibetan Terrier crossed with a Border Collie. Peanut loves sausages and frankfurters and chasing balls. She is also very bright and takes part in agility classes.

She really loves people and has been enthralling the residents at Home of Compassion with her charming and friendly manor. They all enjoy seeing her when she comes in with owner Jo.  Peanut has been checked by ‘Therapy Dogs Nationwide’ which is a charitable organisation who arrange for dogs to go into care homes. They have seen that Peanut is a lovely friendly dog and perfect for the residents to meet.

Animal assisted therapy draws on the bond between animals and humans in order to help improve and maintain functions and can be used to help enhance quality of life. At Home of Compassion residents are encouraged to continue with simple everyday tasks that they may have previously enjoyed.

Most people have had their own pet in the past, whether it was a dog, cat or fish. Dogs like Peanut are not only cuddly and cute but they also provide residents with with opportunities to have close physical contact with the animals, feeling heartbeats, soft skins and coats, notice their breathing, and giving hugs. The residents also get physical activity just from petting and grooming Peanut, and if they fancy a little walk even if it is just around their home.

These interactions with Peanut are imperative as it provides residents with a sense of meaning and belonging and it offers them something to look forward to. It also helps them build relationships with each other and Peanut .

Home of Compassion provides residential, nursing and dementia care in a luxurious care home, set in delightful surroundings in the heart of Thames Ditton. The impressive Grade II* mansion has been recently restored and extended to create an extremely comfortable, modern care home which sets new standards for care for up to 70 elderly people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Home of Compassion and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5406 or enquiries@CaringHomes.org

Home of Compassion

Home Manager

Avril Jones


58 High Street,
Thames Ditton,

0808 223 5406
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