Dog-assisted interventions can have positive effects on quality of life in dementia patients
Updated: Feb 5, 2020
Background: People with dementia often have a poor quality of life. Therefore, methods that can improve their life situation must be identified. One promising method is dog-assisted intervention.
Aim: This study aimed to investigate the effects of dog-assisted intervention on quality of life in nursing home residents with dementia.
Conclusion: The results indicate that dog-assisted interventions can have positive effects on quality of life in nursing home residents with moderate to severe dementia.
The results contribute to a growing knowledge base about non-pharmacological methods that can be used in dementia care.
Occupational therapists should consider dog-assisted interventions when planning activities that can reduce the illness burden and improve the quality of life for people with dementia.
For more, please refer to the entirety of this study, available here.