Barnet care home celebrates Older People’s Day by inviting in some unusual friends

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Gerald Ringwood
Gerald Ringwood
Jutta Holloway
Jutta Holloway
Norma Douglas.
Norma Douglas.

Residents and staff at Apthorp Care Centre in Barnet, run by local charity and care home provider, The Fremantle Trust, celebrated ‘Older People’s Day’ on 1st October by welcoming some furry, scaly and slippery friends to their home.

Animal experts from local company, Wild Science Ltd., brought in various creatures from around the world – making the day one to remember.  Animal education presenter, Sophie, introduced the animals to the residents, including Luke the lizard, Sonic the albino pigmy hedgehog, Ben the corn snake and Kirk the Chilean degu.

The residents enjoyed around an hour with their new friends, during which they were able to quiz the Wild Science team about each animal and the braver residents had the opportunity to stroke and hold them.

Commenting on the event, Fiona Swynnerton, activities co-ordinator at Apthorp Care Centre, said: “We wanted to help our residents celebrate Older People’s Day in a fun and unusual way.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the animals and their natural habitats, and it was an experience most of the residents had never had before.”

UK Older People’s Day took place on 1st October and is an annual event that coincides with the UN’s International Day of Older Persons

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