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Entering residential aged care was scary for 65-year-old Estelle Kenny. However, Bupa Clayton’s pet-friendly policy made all the difference when the team welcomed Estelle and her cherished Cavoodle, Amber Rose five months ago.
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From Happy Hour and Sunday Karaoke to daily lunches, dinners and resident catch-ups, Gloria and her four-legged companion, Monkey, spread joy and companionship throughout the BUPA Aged Care Cairns community.
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Living at home with Charlie the parrot brings 82-year-old Phillis immense joy and companionship. She values the support provided by pet friendly in-home care provider Hazel Home Care to live independently.
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Sandra Spresser, 81, lost her much-loved cats Marmalade and Toulouse before moving to Orana Aged Care in Queensland. Now she receives daily cuddles from Pippa the Schmoodle who lifts her spirit and brightens her day.
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Paul Debar tells how Bonny makes him feel safe and everything seems better together at Lifeview in Victoria.
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BUPA Clayton General Manager Patrick Cullen tells how Roxy touches the lives of everyone at BUPA Clayton, a pet friendly aged care home in Victoria.
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Joanne owes her life to Frankie, her Delta Therapy Dog, for detecting her stage 4 melanoma and alerting the neighbours when she fell twice and needed an ambulance. Today, Frankie shares her healing magic with others at nursing homes, hospitals, schools and workplaces.
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Rolf is nearly 80 years old and cannot imagine the pain of those who must give up their pets to move into an aged care facility. He has no intention of doing so without his four cats!
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Loris Leverett loves visits from Astro the therapy dog at Glenview Community Services residential aged care facility in Tasmania.
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Anne Bolt and her therapy dog Nero spread love, companionship and joy to aged care residents in Tasmania.
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When Jackie’s husband passed away a couple of years ago, her little Poodle, Mica, became her lifeline and closest member of her family.
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After moving into residential aged care, 80-year-old Mary Lester’s life changed for the better with Freckles, the canine resident of St Vincent’s Care Services in Toowoomba, QLD.
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Pauline and Robin moved with their dog Brock from Melbourne to Greenway Views ACT in 2022. Bringing Brock was a must have – a condition of entry to the retirement and aged care village as they would not have moved without him.
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Peter, 90 and Jean, 92 are residents of Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities along with their beloved rescue dog, Sandy, who loves the attention she gets from everyone in the community
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Bernice is a 79-year-old resident of Glen Waverley, Victoria and a lifelong cat lover. She shares her experience with the Commonwealth Home Support LinkPETS and Community Visitors Scheme programs, provided by Link Health and Community.
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Gary, 71, has been a volunteer for the Dogs’ Home of Tasmania for nearly 30 years and has adopted 12 dogs from the shelter, focusing on providing older dogs a safe and secure home for their final years. His story is a lesson in compassion and giving.
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Rev Barbara Allen has always been passionate about pet friendly aged care living.
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Robyn Youl is a retired poetry teacher and former dog obedience instructor from Victoria. Aged 77, Robyn has advanced scoliosis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Yet this amazing lady volunteers every week at aged care facilities with her equally remarkable canine companions, QED and Rusty.
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In my experience there is always another beautiful dog waiting to meet with you and deserving of a second chance and a new home.
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Anna didn’t give up on Tilly and now she has the ‘best dog in the world’.
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