Rosie the pet pig
Written by Louise Brown, Manager, Czorny Alzheimer's Centre

Rosie is a mini-pig with big personality who brings joy to 72 residents, their family members, staff and volunteers.

Four-month old Rosie is the official pet resident of Czorny Alzheimer’s Centre. She’s a mini-pig with big personality who brings joy to 72 residents, their family members, staff and volunteers.

“Pets like Rosie offer therapeutic benefits -- they stimulate our happy hormones to reduce depression, ease stress and lower blood pressure,” said Kerry Netherton, activity worker, Czorny Alzheimer’s Centre. “They also provide companionship, add structure to the day and boost everyone’s energy levels.”

“We didn’t realize the extent to which Rosie would be bringing happiness to the families and friends,” said Louise Brown, manager Czorny Alzheimer’s Centre. “Rosie gives families a positive experience when visits at times can be difficult.”

Rosie makes her daily rounds to socialize with residents and get everyone moving. She loves to be pet and to push her toys around making mini squeals to show her excitement. If a resident is tearful they are certain to have their spirits lifted with a visit from Rosie in her tiny tutu.

Considerable research and planning was the first step to ensure good results for Rosie. This included a commitment from staff to care for her as well as the support and encouragement from families.

As Rosie becomes more comfortable in her new home the staff look forward to more of her involvement in their resident program activities.

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