Residents at a care home in Southbourne were thrilled when they had a visit from a duo of friendly alpacas.
Glebe House residents, staff and visitors welcomed their new friends, named Baron and Jupiter, from Dunreyth Alpacas, based in Funtington, and enjoyed learning all about them. For the less mobile residents, the furry duo paid special visits to their rooms so they didn’t miss out.
Julie Levy, home manager, said, “We are always looking for new and interesting activities for the residents and animals regularly prove very popular, and can also be very therapeutic for the residents. It isn’t every day we have alpacas wandering around the home – everybody loved it and we are really looking forward to future visits.”
Alpacas are a close relative of llamas and originate from the Altiplano in west-central South America, an area of the Andes mountain range which spans the borders of Peru, Chile and Bolivia
Bruce Ives, from Dunreyth Alpacas, commented: “Pet-a-Paca is becoming increasingly popular at care homes and has proven to be very beneficial in many aspects of holistic care. The alpacas have a wonderful temperament and enjoy meeting everyone “.
Shaw healthcare provides a spectrum of services from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.