Bailey - Goodson's Unsung Hero
The Power of Pets for People Living with Dementia
When you walk through the door at Goodson Lodge, you may very well be greeted by the fabulous ball of fur that is Bailey! Bailey is a Shih Tzu and belongs to Home Manager, Annette and is loved by all; residents, families, visitors and members of the team alike.
But more than just an adorable bundle of fur, the benefits of having a pet around for those living with dementia are numerous. Pets bring great benefits to all of us—companionship, unconditional love, and fun. By their very nature, pets do not judge, and they are not critical. And for someone with dementia, those qualities make them a good companion.
Their very presence can help reduce the effects of dementia—anxiety, agitation, irritability, depression, and loneliness. By their friendliness and non-threatening way, pets can help someone living with dementia be more interactive, when sometimes they are not able to do so in social settings with other adults.
And Shih Tzus - and of course, Bailey in particular - are especially good at this. Bred solely to be a companion, the Shih Tzu is an affectionate, happy, outgoing housedog, who loves nothing more than to follow people from room to room. Bailey is indeed a fine example of his breed, as he excels at comforting and reassuring all those he encounters.
And as recognition for his dedication, in the recent Trust Employee Awards, Bailey received a 'Highly Commended' in the Unsung Hero category.
In quieter moments, usually around breakfast time, Bailey can often be seen on his travels between households as he has a particular penchant for sausages!