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Pet therapy for care home residents

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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ELDERLY residents of a Coleraine nursing home were treated to something a little different when some farmyard friends came to visit!
Brookmount Nursing Home welcomed Archie, a seven-year-old Shetland pony and two piglets for a little touch of 'pet therapy' on Friday, July 28.
Debbie Warke, secretary at the home, who owns Archie and runs a pig unit at Glenroe Farms in Castleroe, came up with the idea having seen pet therapy sessions before with dogs.
She explained how residents enjoyed when the animals came to visit as many of them could no longer keep pets of their own and how this method of therapy was extremely beneficial to dementia patients.
Debbie said: "The residents thoroughly enjoyed seeing the animals as they always do and it was such a delight to see some of the smiles on their faces when getting to pet Archie and the piglets."
She continued: "We gave the residents carrots so they could feed Archie and they loved it. One man, who can't get out of bed, asked for us to bring the pony downstairs into him so he could join in and feed carrots.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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