Warm welcome at Wickmeads for four-legged friend, Bella

Published: 6th October 2020

While many visits have from special guests have been put on hold, residents at Wickmeads care home in Bournemouth were delighted to receive this surprise visitor.

Barbara, a carer at Wickmeads, bought along her new puppy Bella to meet everyone.

Resident Brenda couldn’t believe her eyes when Bella came bounding into the lounge, looking for a playmate, and Halina couldn’t wait to give the young dog a cuddle and slip her a few treats.

There were lots of cuddles and giggles as Bella showed off a few of her tricks and all the residents were eager for a cuddle.

Research has shown the positive effects interaction with animals can have on care home residents. A Care South spokesperson said: “Residents have this instinctive love of animals and children. It gets right inside their memories, especially those living with dementia. Their faces light up immediately when they see the animals.”