LENOIR CITY (WATE) – Morning Pointe of Lenoir City is a retirement community that provides an environment where seniors can receive nursing care, medication management and even pet therapy.
Executive Director Sue Boling told WATE 6 On Your Side that having pets around makes the residents feel safe and it reduces depression, anxiety and stress.
“It’s a window to the past and it’s comforting and therapeutic to them,” she said. “It’s settling for them as they live their lives here, it’s settling emotionally and physically for them and calms them down if they get any excitability going on.”
Robert and Dottie Pence are proud of owners of a Yorkie named Sweetie.
Robert said they’ve had Sweetie for two years and it would be hard not having her around.
“It would be terrible, it would be lonesome,” he said. “We try to mix other things too, but a lot of times, Sweetie is the focus of our day.”
Robert said not only does Sweetie bring comfort to his family, she is kind of like the mascot for the whole community.
“In fact, she sort of the pride for the whole place. if she meets somebody in the hall, she’s got to greet them and make them welcome and give them sugar,” said Robert.
The animals given to the residents at Morning Pointe of Lenoir City come from several partnerships in the community.
Rabbits and dogs are also used for pet therapy at the living facility.