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Nursing homes do everything they can to create a relaxing and welcoming environment for their residents. In fact, the environment is so relaxing and so welcoming that it’s very likely for them to attract more than just the elderly!
Mr. Pickles was an outdoor cat before he became a permanent member of the Bayview Retirement community. He’d often stop by the home for free treats and to sleep by the fireplace as his previous guardian was in and out of the hospital so much that he could no longer care for Mr. Pickles.
Once Mr. Pickles previous caretaker got wind of where his cat was going, he knew that Bayview was the right place for him. Since then, Mr. Pickles has earned his place as the self-appointed hospitality specialist and greeter at the Bayview Retirement Community. He keeps the residents company and uses his dashing good looks to keep everyone entertained and upbeat.
This kitty is way more than just a mascot, though, at five minutes in, a resident displays one of the many times Mr. Pickles has pulled his own weight and helped out with chores!
While there is no doubt that this particular kitty is special, animals who take on therapeutic roles in retirement homes like Mr. Pickles aren’t uncommon. Having a four-legged friend around does wonders for the physical and mental well-being of residents. At Bayview, there is no question that the residents love Mr. Pickles and it’s pretty obvious that he loves them back. What more can you ask for?