ANIMAL ASSISTED INTERVENTIONS (AAI)
Following is how the NSW Ministry of Health defines Animal Assisted Interventions
"AAI involves therapeutic processes that intentionally include or involve animals as part of the process (Krug, Serpell, 2006). Animal-Assisted Therapy, Animal-Assisted Activities, and service animals (eg Guide Dogs or Assistance Dogs) are examples of animal assisted interventions that involve animals with specific characteristics and become fundamental to a person's treatment".
Alpaca assisted therapy can be a unique and powerful addition to the care plan of an aged care facility, mental health facility, adult's hospital, children's hospital or similar facility.
Research has demonstrated that animal assisted therapy can positively affect the health and wellbeing of patients and residents.
A visit from an alpaca or two throughout the year to a care facility can also provide a welcome and curious distraction for family members and staff. It can help emphasise the 'humanity' of residents and in turn reinvigorate staff satisfaction, morale and the quality of their ongoing care to patients and residents.