Farm animals bring grins to elderly residents’ faces

Hooves clattered through the halls of an Ellesmere Port care home in Cheshire when residents were treated to an animal therapy session.

Two miniature ponies, a goat and a rabbit were among the latest visitors to Aaron Court Care Home.

The farm animals were brought to the home by pet therapy company Doolittles Animal Therapy.

Residents were given the opportunity to stroke, cuddle and talk to the animals during the session.

Mavis Shaw was bought to tears when she saw the goat and repeatedly said: “thank you” to the company’s handlers.

Animal therapy sessions helps to reduce stress, ease anxiety and improve overall wellbeing, according to home manager Lindsey Bevan.

She said: “You only have to watch the residents with the animals to see how beneficial these sorts of therapy session are.

“Particularly for those with dementia, as it can bring back fond memories, which has a positive impact on stress and anxiety.

“Everyone was very excited when the animals got here and the smiles on the residents’ faces said it all. It’s not every day ponies and a goat visit a care home.”

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