Farm animals visit nursing home

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THERE were smiles and laughter all round as farm animals visited a nursing home.

Animals from the company Farms2Ewe visited the elderly residents of Glen Rose nursing home, in Mount Drive, Catisfield.

08/08/13  KB''Residents at the Glen Rose nursing home in Catisfield got to meet a selection of farm animlas which made a visit with their handlers to the home. Ivor Polden with his daughter Sandra Tiley and a miniature pony.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132213-4)

08/08/13 KB''Residents at the Glen Rose nursing home in Catisfield got to meet a selection of farm animlas which made a visit with their handlers to the home. Ivor Polden with his daughter Sandra Tiley and a miniature pony.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132213-4)

Dogs, sheep, goats and even a miniature pony spent the afternoon with residents.

Manager Shirley Bramble, 63, from Portchester, said that they usually have two singers come round and perform every month but this time they wanted to provide a different kind of entertainment.

Shirley said: ‘The residents really responded to the animals.

‘They were smiling, laughing and having a great time. I have not seen some of them react like that in five years.’

Farms2Ewe gave residents the opportunity to meet, pet and hold the animals. They even managed to get the pony into the lift to visit the bed-bound residents on the second floor. Unfortunately the sheep could not be persuaded to do the same and had to stay outside.

Resident Roger Barham, 73, said: ‘I enjoyed it very much, the whole day was very, very good’.

Shirley said the animals were very therapeutic for the residents, especially for those who do not communicate very well. She also praised the Farms2Ewe staff for their work on the day and said they were good with the residents and kept all the animals in check.