National Geographic has initiated a movement of animal therapy by bringing animals such as chickens, llamas, dogs, and fish, to a nursing home. National Geographic hoped that the animals would aid in the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley´s therapy programs.
The animal that was the highlight was the llama known as Travis. He visits the home every few weeks and doesn´t hesitate to give kisses to the patients.
Lauren Gaffney, program director of Memory Support Unit, asserts that studies show a decrease in agitation and increase in awareness with the use of animals in therapy. She expresses that animals carry a calmness and a non-judgmental perspective that facilitates psychological freedom.
Though it may not be convenient to have animals visit, Gaffney observes that ´´It´s nothing but beneficial to the residents.´´
Travis will hopefully continue to aid in the home´s therapy programs. When he isn´t bringing happiness to nursing homes, he resides in a large pasture with another llama.