Healing Power of Pets

Aldersbridge Communities understands and appreciates the healing power that pets can bring to an older adult in our care. It’s almost magical.

When someone brings their pet to visit at any of our skilled nursing, rehabilitation, assisted living and independent living communities, the residents’ faces light up. All of our locations are pet-friendly, so we encourage family, friends and staff to bring their pet for a visit whenever possible knowing that it not only brightens their loved one’s day, it brightens the mood of everyone who comes into contact with the pet.

It’s a proven fact that pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction, ease tensions and worries, reduce depression, and help lessen loneliness and isolation – all common problems shared by older adults. The health benefits are many.

This is why we are asking for financial donations to help fund the many therapeutic, companionship and educational programs involving animals. From a bird aviary to Zoo visits, programming and activities that can enrich the lives and health of our residents is our priority.

Examples of what your funding can do:


Animal Excursions

Animal excursions like a visit from the Roger Williams Park Zoo Mobile are just one of the many ways Aldersbridge Communities can utilize the healing power of pets to benefit our residents. With your help, we can bring residents to aquariums, local wildlife sanctuaries and farms, or even take the animals right to them. A donation of $75 can fund another visit from the Zoo Mobile or help us transport residents to fun events in the community such as goat yoga.

Joy For All Companion Pets

“Joy For All” robotic animal companions are a line of animatronic dogs and cats designed to combat loneliness, social isolation and cognitive decline in older adults. Originally launched in 2015 by Hasbro, Inc. they have become a popular way to provide an interactive and comforting experience. Each battery-operated animal responds to motion and touch through the use of state-of-the-art built in sensors, lifelike fur, a realistic heartbeat and authentic sounds such as purring and barking. Select older adults who are chosen to take care of these animals at Aldersbridge Communities will be able to experience their calming therapeutic effect. A modest donation of $100 can help us fund a Joy For All robotic pet to better our residents’ well being and state of mind.

Our Koi Pond

Our Koi Pond is a central location that connects Linn Health & Rehabilitation and Winslow Gardens. What better way to bring the healing power of pets to our communities than a place where our residents can come together and feed our friendly Koi fish. A small donation of $25 can help us buy food for the fish and put a smile on our residents’ and guests’ faces.

Biomes Marine Biology Center

The Biomes Marine Biology Center of North Kingstown is a privately funded marine education facility that provides opportunities to learn about the natural aquatic life in Rhode Island. Their Biomes Marine Biology Mobile brings interactive animal demonstrations, fun discussions and animal petting opportunities to members of the community. A $150 donation can help bring the Biomes Mobile to Aldersbridge Communities and provide a hands-on aquatic experience for our residents.

Recent Pet Visit

The residents of Linn Health & Rehabilitation and Winslow Gardens were treated to a visit from WPRI-TV News Anchor Danielle North and Reporter Kim Kalunian earlier today. Kim brought her cute pet dog, Marcus, who was very friendly and enjoyed meeting everyone. He was so well-behaved, posing for lots of photos during the activity time before lunch. Their visit is part of our “Healing Power of Pets” campaign to raise funds for programs and activities that can bring smiles, joy and unconditional love to our residents.


$20 brings a resident to the zoo
$25 donation buys fish food for the Koi pond
$75 brings a mobile zoo to our community
$100 purchases a Joy For All pet for a resident
$150 bring the Biomes Marine Biology mobile to our community
$250 sends 10 residents to experience goat yoga
$350 Brings “barn babies” such as bunnies and chicks to visit our residents
$500 offers horseback riding experiences for 10 residents
$3,000 purchases one bird aviary for our community


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Residents at Winslow Gardens and Linn Health & Rehabilitation got to experience a magnificent holiday tree lighting this past Monday. The large pine tree outside became quite a sight all lit up and surrounded by dashing reindeer decorations.

Afterward, residents entered a festive dining hall all decorated with ornaments, wreaths and beautiful holiday table linens. Carolers came by and sang holiday songs while residents clapped and sang along to the music. Everyone enjoyed tasty treats and sipped on hot chocolate. We had a great time and all who attended left with hearts full of holiday spirit.
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We want to thank everyone who took the time and donated to Aldersbridge Communities yesterday during #GivingTuesday. We are grateful for the money we were able to raise as it will go to therapeutic pet companionship programs and activities for our residents.

We like to think that #GivingTuesday symbolizes the best parts of the holiday season. It represents the sense of community and goodwill generated when people come together and support a great cause.

In keeping with this festive and generous time of year, we want to continue the momentum of yesterday’s international day of giving. We want to raise $2000 by the end of December to go towards our “healing power of pets” initiative. Won’t you help us reach our goal?

You can learn more about ways to give at www.aldersbridge.org/healing-power-of-pets/, or you can mail a donation payable to Aldersbridge Communities, 40 Irving Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.
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There are only five and a half hours left of #GivingTuesday and we still need your help to reach our goal! With help from @RISPCA President Joe Warzycha, as well as our friends Alana Cerrone (@AlanaCerroneABC6) and Chelsea Priest (@chelseaweather) from @ABC6News, our residents met Magnolia and Petunia two shelter dogs in our Winslow Gardens sunroom. Residents were able to speak with both media personalities as well as pet and play with the dogs. It truly brought smiles to everyone's faces. Aldersbridge Communities' goal this #GivingTuesday is to provide the best therapeutic animal programs and activities, but we need your help. Watch this video message, featuring Joe Warzcyha, speaking about the importance of animal companionship.

Learn more at www.aldersbridge.org/healing-power-of-pets/ or you can mail a donation payable to Aldersbridge Communities, 40 Irving Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.
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