disabled victims with an aim of improving the quality of their life through providing them an environment that would allow for their efficient functioning.
In a major Psychiatric hospital, Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Dementia were selected. These patients were from two wards that had been closely matched. Using a rating scale, these patients were tested and the data collected. This involved randomly selecting and placing the patients into two different wards. These wards were the experimental ward and the control ward. Measurements on their daily functioning, noise level as well as physiology were made.
Of the Alzheimer’s patients with the most difficulty, forty were selected after which they were placed into either the experimental or control wards. The London Psycho-Geriatric Rating Scale (LPRS) was applied by the researchers in testing the different measure. The researchers tested the heart rates of twenty of the patients in the experimental ward with and without the presence of a pet. Twenty patients were also chosen from both the experimental and control wards and their noise level tested according to a scale, before and after the presence of a pet.
From the results of the research it can be deduced that, people recovering from disability or other illnesses can obtain many therapeutic benefits from pets. This was evidenced by the fact that the presence of a pet would result to a reduced heart rate in a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This implies that the presence of a pet has a relaxation effect on the patient. Exercising the pet also adds more benefit to the patient.
From the study it was also evident that the presence of the pet led to a reduction of the general noise level in the ward implying enjoyment of the pet’s company by the patients. As such, some of the benefits enjoyed by the patients included the presence of something to talk to and someone welcoming them thus reducing their loneliness and making them more