Swooping visitor entertains residents at Tonbridge care home


Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home had a hoot last week, when an owl swooped in to visit them at the Tudeley Lane home.

No stranger to animals, as they have their own pet cat and chickens at the home, residents of Barnes Lodge enjoyed meeting a more unusual animal this week, when an owl came to visit.


Residents enjoyed watching and stroking the owl, whilst learning all about its life and hearing interesting facts from the owner. Following the owl’s visit, residents got involved with a related craft activity, making and painting their very own small ceramic owls.

Sara Grist, general manager of Barnes Lodge commented: “The residents very much enjoyed meeting their slightly unusual visitor, it was a totally different activity for them and they were very interested to learn about the owl’s quirks and habits.”


The Society believes in the importance of interaction with animals, whether that is traditional household pets such as cats and rabbits, or indeed more exotic animals like owls! Contact with animals has been proven to increase wellbeing and reduce stress.



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