Furry friends flock to Warrington care home

Lillian Benson holding Betty the bearded dragon
Lillian Benson holding Betty the bearded dragon

It was a wild affair at Holcroft Grange care home as residents were entertained by a visit from Home Safari, the animal encounters workshop. Residents at the CLS-run home in Culcheth, Warrington, enjoyed holding and petting a number of exotic animals while learning facts about their diets and natural habitats.


Following their recent visit to Knowsley Safari Park, Holcroft Grange residents were excited to welcome the weird and wonderful creatures into their home. Whether snake, skunk, or bearded dragon, residents showed no fear when they came face-to-face with the unusual animals.


Betty, a bearded dragon, proved a surprise hit amongst the residents of Holcroft Grange. Lillian Benson (83, pictured) was one of her biggest fans, commenting: “Betty was my favourite. She was very well behaved and snuggled on my shoulder. I wanted to keep her!”


Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is well known for its benefits to older people. By encouraging residents to ask questions while forming a bond with the animal, ATT improves the wellbeing of older people, as well as bringing them together to socialise and later reminisce about their memories of the day.


Nicola Newens, Activity Coordinator at Holcroft Grange, commented: “We’re always on the lookout for interesting activities and experiences here at Holcroft Grange. Home Safari was a great way to bring our residents together to try something new, and everyone was really excited to see and hold the animals. The residents had big smiles on their faces throughout the visit and were talking about it for days afterwards!”


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