Josie moved from Queensland in September last year and adjusted to life living in Melbourne and Kew Gardens. To prepare, Josie brought with her some warm clothes and a passion for Bridge!

Initially, Josie was able to play Bridge at the local Kew Bowls Club. She had met a number of lovley people this way and appreciated her new community.

However, when COVID-19 struck us, Josie couldn’t participate in her new found community, as social distancing rules were enforced.
At Kew Gardens, we were concerned for Josie as she not only had to adjust to a new life in Melbourne and Kew Gardens but do it whilst in ISO – a once in a lifetime event!

Thankfully, Josie shared her love of birds with us and Management thought finding some birds as pets would help whilst in lock down. Some very kind volunteers found us two beautiful Red Factor Canaries.

The Pet Shop was the last store to close and we were able to buy a bird cage and surprise a delighted Josie!

Many Residential Aged care homes use Pet therapy because it can:

  • Alleviate symptoms of depression
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Decrease confusion
  • Increase social interaction
  • Combat loneliness
  • Reduced stress

Josie says, “The birds have created a community atmosphere where many residents now visit the birds and me!” Often a number of residents are seen sitting with the birds and having morning tea together.

It has created new routines for residents and provided lively discussions about the care of birds.
The beautiful birds have become a focus for many of our residents (and staff too!) giving the special gift of companionship to all.

Jun 25, 2020 | Kew Gardens