There was animal mania in Redditch this week when Sanctuary Care residents received a visit from a rather unusual collection of animals.
The array of creatures, including snakes, guinea pigs and lizards, were the star attraction at Brambles Residential Care Home in Birchfield Close, when residents enjoyed a spot of animal therapy during Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May).
Getting up close, residents and the team held and stroked the fascinating creatures from WILD Science – who provide live animal handling workshops.
A trained ranger was also on hand throughout the interactive session to answer any of the residents’ questions and share interesting facts.
Animal-assisted therapy is proven to promote wellbeing, increase social participation and particularly benefit those who live with dementia.
“…brought back many cherished memories…”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Fiona Morsy said: “The animal session was a really comforting activity as it brought back many cherished memories of when some of our residents had pets in their younger years, one resident in particular who can no longer see really enjoyed stroking the guinea pig on her lap.”
89-year-old resident Pearl Bishop said: “I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed seeing all the animals.”
Fellow resident Harvey Rae, 85, added: “I loved all the animals, the bearded dragon was my favourite and it was great fun to have a snake around my neck as well.”
Fiona continued: “Animal sessions are always popular within the home as our residents find handling animals – even snakes and bearded dragons – very enjoyable! Their faces lit up as soon as the creatures arrived and they couldn’t wait to touch them, it all made for a lovely morning!”
About Dementia Awareness Week
Dementia Awareness Week, is an awareness drive from the Alzheimer’s Society, is a week where people all over the country are encouraged to unite with their communities to raise awareness of dementia.