Residents at RMBI Care Co. Home Scarbrough Court in Cramlington, Northumberland, were delighted this week when a little therapy pony came to visit. Residents were all smiles when Monet, a handsome miniature pony with piercing blue eyes, arrived at the Home.
Katy Smith, owner of KL Pony Therapy, led Monet all around Scarbrough Court so that residents could pet and stroke him. They even stopped off at some residents’ rooms so that they could be introduced.
The benefits of spending time with animals for older people are immense. Research has shown that having something to pet or touch can result in lower blood pressure, better heart rate and reduced stress. Pets can provide emotional stability during stressful situations, helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
Stacey Louise, one of the Home’s Activities Coordinators, said:
“It was really lovely to see the residents’ faces light up when Monet came around and into the garden! He brought joy and calmness to our residents, which is wonderful for their mental health and wellbeing.”