Animal therapy boosts Wigmore care home residents

Joan Cotterill who sees the benefits of animal therapy, holding the lizard

Wild Science brought some animal magic to Rogers House Residential Care Home last week when they visited residents with their mini zoo!

Wild Science, a specialist animal education group, brought some inhabitants of their ‘mini zoo’ to Rogers House last week.

Residents spent the morning getting to know a variety of animals, comprising an array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrate. Learning about their welfare, how they live their lives and finding out some interesting facts along the way.

Whilst the lovely fluffy bunny was perhaps one of the most eagerly awaited guests, the lizard and millipede provided a unique experience for the brave residents and staff.

Lorraine Laker, Care Coordinator at “We’re a pet friendly organisation here at Rapport Housing & Care and we believe in the benefits of animal therapy, including some more unusual animals!

“The residents had a great morning getting to know the animals and they were incredibly brave holding all of them, even the creepy crawlies. They thoroughly enjoyed learning about them too and are looking forward to the next visit.”

Studies have shown that animal therapy for older people can improve joint movement, self-esteem, communication and social engagement. It also lessens the effects of, depression, loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.