The residents at Ferrars Hall recently welcomed a beautiful dog in for pet therapy. The dog spent a few hours meeting all the residents. Pet therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also increase self-esteem and improve social skills, so everyone was absolutely delighted to have them along.
Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983 by Lesley Scott-Ordish. They enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, and have been coming to Ferrars Hall since it was opened in June 2016.
Ferrars Hall Care Home is part of the Country Court Care Group and provides care to 66 older residents. Officially opened on the 12th of June by Cllr Daryl Brown the Mayor of Huntingdon, Ferrars Hall Care Home is registered to provide personalised residential and dementia care in a state-of-the-art environment. This particular activity is part of Country Court Care’s group wide “meaningful opportunities” program, where residents have access to a huge variety of activities, all tailored to our residents likes and dislikes.
Activities coordinator at Ferrars Hall, Emily Gardiner stated “We are delighted that we were able to get a PAT dog down to Ferrars Hall, our residents have enjoyed it so much! I’m sure the dog did too, she is getting plenty of love and cuddles!”