Residents at Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech were delighted to have a visit from Pharaoh the Llama this week.
Pharaoh is from Faster Lente Llama Farm based in Wisbech and bought Tina and Chris Gambell with him for his visit.
“Our residents absolutely adored Pharaoh” said Home Manager Jan Davison, “the smiles on their faces said it all!” Residents were able to stroke Pharaoh and feed him treats of carrots, apples and alfalfa nuts which he loved.
“Our residents couldn’t believe their eyes when they spotted him coming. Pharaoh came right into the garden and popped his head through the patio doors so that the residents could give his neck a stroke” said Well-being & Activities Coordinator Jenny Judge who organized the visit. Jenny went on to explain “Interacting with a friendly llama is reported to help many physical and mental issues and he certainly created quite a buzz here at Lyncroft!”
Studies have shown that Llama therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond and can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect.
Tina and Chis added that Pharaoh is hoping to receive invitations to other care homes and institutions where his wonderfully calm and gentle presence can bring further benefits to the people of Wisbech and beyond.