Residents and staff at Buxton Lodge care home in Caterham on the Hill had some special visitors recently. Wild Science, a provider of animal therapy workshops, brought an assortment of animals including a lizard, guinea pig, chinchilla and even a snake to spend some time with residents at the home!
Whilst staff were a little nervous of holding some of the reptiles, residents were overjoyed – and fearless! Several proudly held the lizard and snake.
Spending time with the animals was a wonderful chance to reminisce about favourite pets from over the years and bring back some treasured memories for everyone at the home. Animal therapy aids reminiscence and communications for people living with dementia, helping to induce positive memories.
The staff team at Buxton Lodge are committed to providing interesting, enjoyable and stimulating activities for residents to participate in, if they choose. The Wild Science visit is the latest in a long line of innovative activities.
Theresa Stanton, Activities Coordinator at Buxton Lodge said:
“The animal visit was fantastic fun! We always like to share new and exciting experiences with the residents and we were amazed at how comfortable the residents were with the creatures.
“We look forward to having Wild Science visit again in the future!”
Buxton Lodge is part of New Century Care, and specialises in personal care, specialised needs care and dementia nursing care.