Animal therapy enjoyed by Tonbridge care home residents


Residents at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge enjoyed a spring day out at the Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford.


With the weather slowly starting to warm up and spring well on its way, residents and staff of the Tudeley Lane residential care home headed to Ashford to visit the Rare Breeds Centre to see the animals and attractions they had to offer.


The residents were very happy to see so many animals; there were pigs, chickens, sheep, goats and horses. One resident made a friend in Huckleberry, the Highland Bullock in the Children’s Barn. He enjoyed the food they had for him and a spot of petting, of course.


There were also smaller animals that the residents could hold if they wished to, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Duck and geese were roaming the pond area to see if there was any food for them, the residents were happy to oblige.


Hidden away in a secret den was a discovery garden. This was a lovely area for the residents, very calm and peaceful where they could sit and enjoy the surroundings. There are many items grown in this garden such as cabbages, lettuces and strawberries. Birds and bees were flying around drawn to the wonderful and colourful flowers in the garden with tortoises, rabbits and chickens wandering around to add to the delight of this area.


The residents enjoyed lunch in the restaurant, tucking into some homemade sandwiches and cake along with tea and coffee. The group chatted about all they had seen and how nice it was to be out and about.


Katie Samuels, Social Activities Facilitator at Barnes Lodge commented: “The residents had a wonderful day. It was great to be able to take them out of their day to day environment and it was lovely watching them interacting with the animals. They were chatting the whole journey home and I think this will be a topic of discussion for many days to come!”



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