Your dog can bring healing to elderly people

Your dog can bring healing to elderly people
Your dog can bring healing to elderly people or to adults and children with special needs. You will find fulfilment as you bring joy to others. You will be able to stimulate mental activity, provide emotional satisfaction for needy people and raise an income whilst you do so.

By taking Life Enhancement training you will gain all the confidence and skills you need to be able to do this effectively, working on a self-employed basis part-time or full-time.

Using Life Enhancement methods, the therapist either takes a pet dog into an establishment, or uses skills such as painting or gardening, to promote quality time with an individual or a small group, interacting, listening and conversing, thus stimulating mental activity and satisfying emotional needs.

Life Enhancement encourages you to spend quality time with people, not just let them briefly stroke your dog. With the training you will learn how to be a good listener

Sign-up for the first FREE module of the Life Enhancement training course

If you would then like the whole course it costs £110 (plus optional on-the-job training)

The Director of Life Enhancement is Rachel Purcell, who is a nurse by background and qualified in listening skills. Send her an email at: asking for the free introductory module which will be sent by Microsoft Word attached file. There are more details on

Life Enhancement offers a training course in three interactive therapies:

Dog Assisted Therapy: using a dog of the right temperament as a point of unhurried contact, to develop a relationship between a resident and the therapist who is skilled in listening and conversing.

The importance of this therapy is also being recognised in work with children and adults with special needs.

Painting Assisted Therapy: using the therapist’s ability in painting, to offer to develop this skill in residents, while conversing and providing a fulfilling experience.

Horticultural Therapy: There are possibilities for elderly residents to have some involvement in growing plants, which can bring them great pleasure.

In one home, staff were reduced to tears when an elderly man with advanced dementia who never normally spoke said hello to Rachel’s dog Heidi and stroked her. “His face really lit up,” said Rachel. She also recalled the response of a woman who used to be a dog lover but had suffered a severe stroke and slept for much of the time. “I put her hand on Heidi and at that moment she woke up and was smiling and stroking her,” said Rachel. Some residents ask for Heidi to be lifted on to their bed for a “real cuddle”.

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