First guest visit new Safehaven animal pet therapy farm opened in July

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We all appreciate the benefits that having a pet can bring to someone’s life. For elderly pet owners, who often live alone or in group facilities such as a care home, pets very often help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and improve physical activity. So, when the team at The Boynes Care Centre in Upton-Upon-Severn learnt that Safehaven parrot Refuge, was opening a new exciting animal pet therapy farm, Sam Buckley Activity coordinator was one of the first to contact the farm to organise a visit for the residents.

Off they set, on a bright and sunny July afternoon, not really knowing what to expect.

The farm has been set up to provide animal therapy to people living with dementia, disability, mental health issues, reduced mobility, special educational needs and anyone who requires a carer to take part in activity. From time of arrival smiles filled the faces of all the visitors. There were opportunities to hold the animals and learn more about them, Bruce took a shine to the gorgeous parrot, and I think Bruce would have happily taken him home if he was allowed!

With over 50 animals all of which have all been trained to interact with people, visitors were spoilt for choice as to which animal to cuddle next. The Boynes Home Manager Debbie Williams said “ I have escorted our residents on many trips out over the years, but I can honestly say today has been outstanding, everyone has been smiling and getting cuddles, fed the animals and even found time to stop and have a lolly. It is what makes my job so worthwhile, creating these special moments of joy and happiness. I truly love seeing everyone together having fun, I am already looking forward to the next time we visit.”

The Boynes care centre in Upton-Upon-Severn, Worcestershire rated good by CQC, cares for people with a range of care needs from Residential dementia, nursing, and MS care. The home offers both long- and short-term stays.

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