Epsom-based care home Linden House was filled with smiles when some unusual visitors came to see its residents.
The Linden House family had a lovely afternoon meeting Blossom and Tinkerbelle, two shetland ponies.
The pair were accompanied by their handlers from Kingswood Shetlands and Friends, which provides assisted animal therapy sessions across Surrey.
Animal therapy, or pet therapy as it is also known, has many proven benefits for care home residents, particularly for those living with dementia.
As a dementia care specialist, visits from ponies and other animals formed a fond part of life at the home pre-pandemic. The recent visit from Blossom and Tinkerbelle heralded a welcome return to this wonderful activity with the hope of more to come soon.
Paula Windmill, manager of Linden House, said: “Blossom and Tinkerbelle were a huge hit with residents, who enjoyed meeting and petting them. They brought a smile to everyone’s face.”
She added: “The visit went down very well as interacting with animals is a great way of improving people’s mental, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.
“This sort of therapy also is a great way of opening up conversations with residents reminiscing and sharing stories about animals they have owned or met.”
Linden House is proud to be a pet-friendly home and enjoys regular visits from a number of four-legged friends. The home also has its own guinea pigs and budgies which provide a great deal of joy for those who live and work there.
The Epsom-based care home is always ready to welcome residents with small, well-behaved pets. Our team are always happy to discuss your care requirements as well as those of accompanying animals.