Residents were delighted to welcome four spring lambs to the home. The lambs live on a local farm and arrived wearing nappies and with bottles of milk for lunch.
“Our residents were excitingly gathered in our lounge and were thrilled to be able to pet, hold and feed them,” said Fay, care home manager.
The lambs won all our hearts, residents and staff alike and everyone wanted a cuddle and to offer a lamb a lap to curl up on. We’re not sure who enjoyed it the most, the lambs who loved the attention or our residents. Judging from the big smiles and enthusiastic comments, the visit was a great success for all involved. “They’re beautiful,” said resident Joyce Garner, who is 101, as she cradled a lamb. “Can I keep her?”
“It was funny going to the supermarket to buy nappies for lambs,” explains Elizabeth, Director of Bernadette House. “I wasn’t sure what size to buy and went for nappies for 12 months old to make sure there was space for the lambs tails.”
The lambs also enjoyed a frolic in the garden and hungrily drank their milk.
Many of the residents at Bernadette House live with Dementia and the benefits of having animal visits are numerous. Animals bring great benefits to all of us—companionship, unconditional love, and fun. Their very presence can help reduce the effects of dementia—anxiety, agitation, irritability, depression, and loneliness. By their friendliness and non-threatening way, pets can help someone with dementia be more interactive and engaged and the lambs certainly did this.
A variety of animals have visited Bernadette House at resident requests including penguins, alpacas and birds of prey.