My Little Pony at Hamble Heights

Molly with Mr Cheddar - RSMr Cheddar, the Shetland pony, visits the residents of specialist care home in Fareham

Hamble Heights, the leading care home in the Southampton region from Tender LifeCare (TLC), invited Pony Pals, the miniature Shetland ‘therapy pony’ company, to bring Mr Cheddar, to visit its residents and provide an opportunity to interact and pet the pint-sized pony.

Pony Pals provide therapeutic sessions with the elderly and help to unlock memories for those living with dementia.  Trotting along to Hamble Heights for the first time, Mr Cheddar and his owners spent quality time with residents in the lounge and even offered ‘room service’ to those who were unable to make it to the lounge!  Delighting residents and staff alike, this special visit was deemed a fantastic success and it is hoped that Mr Cheddar shall become a regular guest to Hamble Heights.

Pony Pals has been providing its pony petting services to care homes for 5 years.   Home Manager, Rosemarie Kuah said, “It was wonderful to see residents visibly light up when Mr Cheddar entered.  It has made a real difference to their day and seeing them smile and interact with the pony has been truly heart-warming.”

Since opening its doors in February 2013, Hamble Heights has been gaining recognition with both its residents and the professional community alike.  Hamble Heights provides exceptional expert care in all four types of senior care needs; dementia, nursing, residential and palliative care.  Hamble Heights is championed by a network of leading professional organisations and care experts, such as Bournemouth University Dementia Institute.  It prides itself on delivering an enriched standard of living for residents; providing nutrition, socialisation and daily activities to stimulate the body and mind.  01489 554000