Did you know that over 40 million Americans say they regularly observe birds?
A 2016 US Fish and Wildlife Service survey reiterated that people just can’t get enough of them. People love watching birds outdoors and report benefits from it.
That being said, what benefits would arise from an indoor aviary at a nursing home? 21% of all wildlife watchers are 65 years and older, so maybe it’s a question to explore.
Many studies have examined interactions with birds and how they affect our minds and bodies. They’ve found very positive results, whether it’s outdoors, or with an indoor aviary.
Birds Help Reduce Stress
The University of Exeter studied the relationship between the number of birds in a neighborhood and the mental health of people living there. They found that areas with more birds were associated with people that had lower stress levels.
This data was not based on people actively observing birds, either. Only the ability to hear and see more of them was enough to reduce stress in the area.
How does this data benefit your nursing home? It’s likely that the addition of birds and other natural elements will decrease stress among your residents.
A Bird Cage Encourages Engagement
For those in memory-care units, it can be challenging to cultivate meaningful engagement. Tudor Heights Senior Community experimented with a bird cage to remedy this. Staff immediately saw residents gathering and discussing birds’ movements and species. They also showed a desire to learn more about their new feathered friends.
Social interaction can be difficult for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Tudor Heights discovered that a bird cage gives them mental stimulation, a place to gather, and a topic for discussion. The end result was an engaging experience with new, meaningful conversations.
Diminish Disruptive Behaviors with a Bird Cage
Disruptive behaviors are common in persons living with severe memory loss. In 2013, the Health Professions Press released a program called, “Bird Tales”, which sought to improve the lives of dementia patients through the healing power of birds.
This program was driven by bird-related activities which, among other things, included time observing a bird cage. In these sessions, residents were able to focus on activities longer and engage with others more often. As a result, fewer disruptive behaviors were occurring.
Hearing and Seeing Birds Improves Mental Wellbeing
What does your nursing home offer to support resident and staff mental wellbeing?
A recent study found that everyday encounters with birds can have a positive effect on our moods.
They asked participants to assess their mood and give a brief description of their surroundings (3 times a day for 2 weeks). One question asked was if the participant could ‘see or hear birds’ at the time of assessment. Those who saw or heard birds had a higher mental wellness score, compared to those that didn’t.
Researchers also found that these happier feelings can last for hours after an encounter. Those who noticed birds kept a high wellness score at their next assessment, even if birds weren’t present. Those who didn’t see or hear a bird at either assessment maintained a lower wellness score.
So, why should you get an indoor aviary?
We see a lasting boost in mental wellness from brief human-bird encounters. Imagine what our finches can do for your residents and staff on a daily basis.
Value of a Nursing Home Aviary
The value of a Serenity Aviary is much greater than our quality materials or vibrant birds.
The value added is the interactions that residents and staff have with it.
Every smile as they pass by. Every engaged group that gathers to talk about the birds. Every therapeutic moment spent watching and listening shows the true benefits of a bird cage in nursing homes.
A Bird Cage can be Less Work than you Think
The process of buying and maintaining a large indoor aviary may sound difficult, but it’s much easier than you think.
We offer many aviary-style options that you can customize. You may choose the size, materials, colors, and accessories that best fit your facility’s interior. We then provide free delivery and professional installation.
So, you have your bird cage, now what?
We want your experience to be as enjoyable as possible, so maintenance is on us. We make routine visits to clean the aviary, inspect birds’ health, trim beaks and toenails, replace nests, and if necessary, remove or replace birds.
Our Infinity Feeder lets your birds bathe comfortably and have a constant supply of fresh food. Our feeder also allows for easy water and feed changes.
And that’s not all.
This type of product and service would typically cost you thousands upfront. Yet, we offer all this and more for no upfront cost and a low monthly fee.
Why Choose A Serenity Bird Cage
Do you think a Serenity Aviary can enrich your facility? Our clients say it has.
If you are interested in learning more about getting an aviary for your nursing home, simply contact us here.