Emerging research suggests pets can improve the health and wellbeing of many elderly people, and two residents of Torrens Grove Retirement Village in Adelaide are working hard doing just that.

Gympy Lord Fernleigh and Lady Lellee, cats owned by resident Jillian Sanderson, moved to the village two years ago and have been putting in shifts at Mary Potter Hospice and Semaphore Residential Aged Care, providing therapeutic assistance to patients and their families.

Pets can help decrease stress levels, encourage communication, promote exercise and improve motor skills.

Jillian said her cats’ unique personalities bring many benefits to patients they meet.

“Gympy, a Devon Rex breed, sits on patients’ laps, snoozes on their beds, loves getting patted and spends time with families,” she said.

“Lady Lellee is a ginger domestic variety and a flirt – she loves men! “She has a favourite resident whose bed she lays on and purrs.”

Jillian, a dog obedience instructor for more than 20 years, has fostered over 400 kittens for the RSPCA and re-homed many greyhounds for the Greyhound Adoption Program. She uses her experience to train her cats and was delighted with the pet-friendly policy at Torrens Grove.

“I’m just thankful to have the opportunity to work at Mary Potter and the nursing home with these cats, and to be able to bring joy to so many people,” she said.

Torrens Grove offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings.

Torrens Grove Retirement Village is situated on 4 hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens, in the suburb of Kilkenny, 7 km north-west of Adelaide. The village is conveniently located opposite public transport and the Central Arndale Shopping Centre with healthcare professionals and a hospital only minutes away. Torrens Grove Retirement Village has a variety of well appointed and individual homes available to suit a range of needs and budgets. We’re also pet friendly!

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