Pet project idea helps residents at learning disability care home

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Sanctuary supported living 1-care industry news Sanctuary Supported Living-care industry newsPeople with learning disabilities at a care home in Aylesbury have had a cracking time welcoming the arrival of chickens and a number of other animals to the property.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Pennefather Court, on Croft Road, took ownership of the four chickens following a 12 day Living Eggs experience, which allowed them to watch the eggs hatch.

When the project came to an end, the home was able to purchase the chickens permanently using its activities fund.

Now the chickens, named Kylie, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Sylvia, are full-time residents of Pennefather Court as well, with their free-range eggs used by the home to help teach residents about cooking and healthy eating, going in a range of foods from omelettes to cakes.

The quartet, who live overnight in a newly purchased chicken coop on site and wander the garden area by day, are the latest addition to Pennefather Court’s expanding animal roster, which also includes guinea pigs Benson and Hedges, a fish tank and occasional visitor Tilly, a Jack Russell cross.

The furry, scaly and feathery crew form part of a larger initiative, dubbed Pennefather Pets, by the home’s activity co-ordinator, Mario Williams, who saw the therapeutic use in the animals.

Mario, who is also Tilly’s owner, said: “Our residents have responded really well to all the animals and they rushed at the chance to adopt our four chickens.

“Although everyone loves having a pet, these animals are providing a real tangible benefit for our residents by relieving stress and anxiety, as well as promoting wellbeing, and have very much become part of Pennefather Court.”

Visits by Tilly, who often accompanies residents on walks, have become so popular there is also talk at the home of adopting a puppy.

 

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