The Healthcare Homes Group, is demonstrating its commitment to supporting residents who wish to bring much-loved pets into the care home environment, through its work with the Cinnamon Trust.

Eight of the group’s homes are now registered with the charity as pet friendly homes, with more to follow suit.

The Cinnamon Trust is a national charity that works to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. It works in partnership with owners and care providers and has a network of over 15,000 community service volunteers.

The homes that have registered with the Cinnamon Trust and have committed to consider pets coming in to their homes on an individual basis are:

Olive House residential home, Newton Flotman, Norfolk
The Manor House, North Walsham, Norfolk
St Leonard’s residential home, Mundford, Norfolk
Meadow House nursing home, Swaffham, Norfolk
The Malthouse residential home, Gillingham, Dorset
The Hillings residential home, Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire
Home Close residential home, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Foxgrove residential home, Felixstowe, Suffolk

A majority of the group’s 35 homes also have various forms of pet therapy in place, with many benefiting from visits from local ‘Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs, while others have ‘resident pets’ including cats or birds, or encourage visitors to bring in their own friendly pets to visit residents.

Helen Gidlow, Chief Operating Officer at Healthcare Homes Group said, “The Cinnamon Trust is a unique charity, focusing on the hugely positive effects that pets have on elderly people. The Trust’s objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets, and we are delighted to have started working with the Trust to be able to offer the opportunity for residents to bring their much-loved companions into the home environment, wherever feasible.

“We assess each application on an individual basis, and at this stage eight of our homes have registered with the Cinnamon Trust to support them in assessing and handling such requests.”