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Man’s best friend might be your dog, but in country NSW it might also be your chook, your pony or even your lama! At Thomas Eccles Gardens, Yass, pet therapy visits are taken to a whole new level with visiting miniature ponies that bring the memories of farm life flooding back.

Across RSL LifeCare we understand how important pet therapy is. The connection between the elderly and animals not only provides a great amount of fun but also comfort, emotional warmth, a reduction in stress and a trigger for memories of times past.

We have birds, chickens, rabbits, resident dogs and even a lama that live permanently with us. We have to visit animals as well, and at Agris Hutrof House in Thirlmere, we open our doors (and gardens) as a training facility for pet-therapy-dogs-in-training.

Our young veterans in the Homes for Heroes program have the opportunity to be a part of an Equine Therapy program which has resulted, time after time, in remarkable results. As one young veteran put it “with animals, they have the measure of you. When you step into the ring with a horse, they know how you’re feeling from 40 paces away. It will affect whether they allow you to approach them. It has taught me so much about myself – about my body language, about slowing my breathing down and relaxing, about forgetting about everything and being truly at the moment.”

Our observations across all our care homes confirm the special bond that mankind has with the animals on this earth. It is a joy to continue to foster those connections with our residents.

 

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A lifetime of service acknowledged – Shirley McLaren (née Lemon) 

Eighty-eight-year-old Women's Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF) veteran Shirley McLaren (née Lemon) and resident of RSL ANZAC Village, Narrabeen, has been awarded an Air Force Gold Commendation for superior...

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We want to say a huge thank you to our resident Bob Cardiff, who has and continues to be a huge advocate of supporting dementia....

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Rod Kingham

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Thelma ‘Shirley’ Grinyer

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Dorothy ‘Topsy’ Curtis

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Richard (Dick) Udy

Dick Udy couldn’t wait to enlist when war was declared in 1939. His sense of adventure was eventually fulfilled as a wireless operator onboard the...

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Victory in the Pacific – 75 years since the end of World War II

RSL LifeCare has been capturing the memories of our war veterans for many years as a way of honouring our residents’ individual service. This VP...

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Dot Curtis, featured on 7 News in commemoration of Victory in the Pacific

#OneInAMillion our very own resident, Dot Curtis, resident of Connie Fall in Narrabeen, featured on 7 News in commemoration of Victory in the Pacific on...

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ANZAC Day – We Did Remember Them

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Joshua Manning and Homes for Heroes

Media Release Joshua Manning was a Clearance Diver in the Royal Australian Navy for 13 years. His passing on 7 October 2019 deeply saddened RSL...

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Old Peoples Home for Four Year Olds continues to create buzz….

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Great celebration ignites memories

A sense of inclusiveness, normalcy and joy was evident at RSL LifeCare’s Patrick Bugden VC Gardens recently with a magnificent Christmas celebration. The special event...

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