Boulters Lock care home in Maidenhead hosted an entertaining and stimulating therapy session courtesy of the animal therapy experts, Zoolab.
During the first time visit Sophie the ranger introduced the 29 residents to a Giant African land snail, rat, stick insect, tarantula, scorpion, tree frog, corn snake, giant African millipede and Madagascan hissing cockroaches.
This activity may be perceived as an unusual approach for a care home but there are multiple benefits:
- Reminisce about childhood memories growing up and pets
- Interaction with animals is emotive to create calming or joyful mood
- Improve well being to stimulate a positive mood and mindset
- Learning new facts and information about the creatures
- New sensory experiences to touch and hold creatures to examine them closely
- Create conversations and interactions to ask questions
A small number of residents living with dementias can experience memory loss, poor concentration and feelings of disorientation and confusion so the animal therapy visit is a welcomed activity at the care home on Sheephouse Road.
Sarah Laird is from Zoolab: our expert presenters work with animals to provide experiences to make people’s lives better. Animals hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with animals can be beneficial to the physical, social and emotional well-being of those with dementia. Our work in the care sector is designed to provide our lifelong learners with new opportunities to gain knowledge. During our visit to Boulters Lock we heard stories and anecdotes of animal behaviour which is fantastic to create a shared experience for residents and staff alike.
The exceptional care provided at the Maidenhead care home is underpinned by the core values of care, comfort and companionship. The welcoming and comfortable home is proudly led by our fully-trained, compassionate and caring team, who strive to make a positive difference to the quality of life for those who call Boulters Lock home.
Gurmeet Ubhie is the General Manager at Boulters Lock:
We firmly believe that you are never too old to learn something new and our residents are always curious and excited to interact and learn more about animals and we always enjoy the visits from Zoolab to discover new things about the creatures!