A ‘herd’ of squeaky visitors to Wickmeads
Residents at Care South’s Wickmeads care home in Tuckton, Bournemouth welcomed a group of guinea pigs from local rescue centre, The Guinea Pig Ranch.
Residents at the home enjoyed petting and cuddling the guinea pigs. They were even lucky enough to name one of the new arrivals, Silky.
Visits from animals are a popular activity for care home residents, providing relaxation and enjoyment, as well as prompting residents to reminisce about pets they have owned. The joy was palpable, with one of the residents sitting and smiling quietly with guinea pig ‘Bramble’ curled up on her knee for more than half an hour!
Residents at Care South’s care homes benefit from wide and varied activities programmes that help to keep them active, engaged and stimulated and prevent loneliness and isolation. A range of weekly group and one-to-one activities, including regular outings and entertainment sessions at the homes, reflect the hobbies and interests of residents.
The homes often welcome four-legged – as well as more exotic creatures – through the doors, which the residents enjoy and benefit from immensely.