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How pet therapy is helping improve the lives of people with dementia

The benefits of dogs in healthcare settings will be discussed at this year’s RCN congress. Nurse Sarah Wale explains how her award-winning border collie Molly is improving the lives of patients with dementia at a trust in Kent
Molly the therapy dog

The benefits of dogs in healthcare settings will be discussed at this year’s RCN congress. Nurse Sarah Wale explains how her award-winning border collie Molly is improving the lives of patients with dementia at a trust in Kent

With her glossy black and white coat, wagging tail and bright eyes, Molly is one of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust’s more unusual volunteers.

For the past three years, the eight-year-old border collie has been a therapy dog on the Heart’s Delight ward at the Frank Lloyd Unit nursing home in Sittingbourne, Kent, which supports older people with mental health problems and specialises in dementia.

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