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‘Round of a-paws’ for Smyth Lodge's new canine relations manager

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Smyth Lodge has officially welcomed a new team member – and he’s set to be a paw-some hit with residents and colleagues alike.

Smyth Lodge has enlisted the help of Border Collie, Sam, to be the home’s new ‘canine relations manager’. As part of his role Sam will be on hand for residents to pet, walk, or simply spend time with.

Sam is Care UK’s fourth official canine relations manager, following the positive impact the animals have had on residents’ wellbeing and independence at other homes. Having dogs to take care of in the home not only encourages residents to spend time walking outdoors, but it also helps them find a sense of purpose and gives them responsibility later in life.

Sam is an affectionate dog with a passion for fetching balls, and loves to learn tricks – making him the perfect candidate for the role.

Now nine years old, Sam has been given the official title of ‘canine relations manager’, spending most of his time with residents, as well as helping the domestic team by picking up any rogue crumbs on the floor. 

Lorraine Eastmead, home manager at Smyth Lodge, explained the benefits of pet therapy: “We have seen other Care UK homes appoint their own canine relations manager and we knew that Sam would be the perfect dog to take up the role at Smyth Lodge!

“Studies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction. The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, and Sam is brilliant at doing this. He can often be found cuddled up with a resident in the cinema room – the home wouldn’t be the same without him!”

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2 Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LF

Smyth Lodge

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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