therapy dog marlo with resident

A care home in Nottinghamshire has been enjoying the wonders of pet therapy in a bid to make the home even more of a community and to benefit those experiencing dementia.

Residents of Red Oaks Care Community in Mansfield have been bonding with Marlo, a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso. Marlo and his owner, Mrs Bennett, have been providing pet therapy to care homes and nurseries for just over a year. He often sits on the residents’ laps and snuggles up in bed with those who are unable to move easily.


Spending time with a dog is known to improve general well-being, invoke a sense of safety and security, and offer reassurance to those struggling with their mental health.

For the residents of Red Oaks Care Community, Marlo’s visits can also increase socialisation and had an astonishing impact on residents’ physical health, as pet therapy is proven to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.

Resident and Marlo

John Adams, General Manager at Red Oaks Care Community, said, “Our residents have really bonded with Marlo and pet therapy is one of their favourite activities. Many of our residents are animal lovers and have had pets their whole lives so they are completely at ease with Marlo.

“It’s fantastic that the physical benefits of pet therapy are just as powerful as the psychological benefits, which are evident amongst our residents.”

To find out more about Red Oaks Care Community, contact John on 01623 644 195 or visit


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