Spring arrived at the home in the form of four orphan lambs, wearing little nappies to keep residents clean and accompanied by bottles of milk for lunch.

The lambs were as thrilled to meet the residents as the residents were to meet the lambs. Two lambs were soon curled up in the arms of residents for a mid-morning snooze.


Animals have a calming effect on those living with dementia and the lambs injected a ‘feel good’ factor into the day for staff and residents. The experience was made even more special by the visit of a local childminder who visits residents at the home each week with three of the young children she cares for. The children loved joining in with residents and feeding the lambs.

As many of the residents lived and worked on farms, seeing the new born lambs helped them reconnect with their past.