A Barnsley care home was turned into a petting zoo for the day as residents welcomed a variety of small animals into the home from nearby Wigfield Farm. Residents at Deangate care home were joined by rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and even lizards. All of residents were delighted to see the animals again, even the less cuddly varieties!
Following a very successful visit from the farm last year, the staff at Deangate were keen to invite them back into the home for a second time, knowing that stroking and holding the animals brought a lot of joy to the nature lovers among them. The visit from the farm was appreciated and enjoyed by all residents, who loved getting to pet and hold animals once again.
Deangate Home Manager, Christine Robinson, was pleased to see that the day was once again a true success. She said: “We decided to arrange for another small animals visit after having had such a good response from our residents last year. They really loved seeing the animals up close, and were fascinated by the variety of creatures.
“The team from Wigfield are always welcome at Deangate, it is a special experience for all the residents and certainly brightens the day.”
The visit from the farm comes as part of a nature themed month at the home, with residents celebrating National Nest Box Week from 14th – 21st February by painting, decorating and varnishing their own nest boxes to be displayed in the home’s garden.
Deangate provides care for 50 residents and includes a specialist dementia unit. A varied activities schedule ensures that – as well as receiving the highest standard of care – residents are offered the chance to get involved in activities which keep them mentally and physically active and engaged.