Virtually everyone who has owned a pet has felt the sadness of having to leave your beloved friend at home when leaving for work. Next time, think of bringing your pet to work as they can serve as a fantastic therapy for your residents who might be feeling lonely these days.
Dogs and cats who are social are filled with love for anyone they meet. If your animal is up to it, try taking him or her on short visits with your residents! Residents can play and pet the animal, give them affection and receive gratification in return. This is also a great opportunity to bond and socialize with your residents one-on-one!
Here is an article that talks about the benefits of pet therapy for residents with dementia specifically.