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Residents at Gateshead Care Home Welcome Hens to Their Home

henpower-397Residents at Philips Court care home, which is part of Akari Care and is located in Gateshead, have welcomed some cracking new additions to their home.

The home took delivery of 10 hens that will live in a chicken coop in the garden and will provide the home with eggs, which will be sold to raise funds for extra treats for the residents.

The hens were provided by HenPower, a project managed by Equal Arts, a registered charity that aims to provide creative opportunities for older people. The project is funded through the BIG Lottery Fund Silver Dreams programme.

A volunteer from HenPower has regularly visited Philips Court since March to help set up hen keeping at the home and suggest stimulating activities based on the new additions, including cookery lessons, creative writing and digital photography. The end result is that Philips Court will manage the hens independently after 12 months on the programme.

Philips Court provides nursing and residential care for up to 75 people. Care is provided for older people who have dementia.

Philips Court aims to maintain lifestyles as similar as possible to those enjoyed at home, with an extensive range of activities which individuals can enjoy and benefit from.

Karleen Taylor-Williams, Manager at Philips Court, said: “We are always trying to think of beneficial activities that are a little bit different and stimulating for our residents. The hens are a great addition to our home and the residents are really enjoying having them here. They have benefited from lots of different interesting activities about hen-keeping and looking after the hens means that our residents have that little bit more independence and responsibility.”

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