Residents at Bowes House had the chance to get up close with creatures great and small when they were visited by some exotic creatures.
The team at Bowes House invited local organisation, Zoolab, to lead a ‘show and tell’ workshop with residents.
Residents were visited by a host of interesting animals and creepy crawlies, including snakes, spiders and even a giant snail. As part of the session, Zoolab provided interesting facts on each of the individual animals, and residents were also able to handle and stroke the friendly creatures.
Home manager, Helena Barrow, said: “We are always looking to plan interesting and exciting activities for residents, and as so many have a keen interest in nature and wildlife, we invited Zoolab along to provide a fun animal therapy session.
“It proved to be a real success, and you could see from residents’ reactions just how engaged and fascinated they were by the chance to get so close to such a variety of animals. We know just how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people, especially for those living with dementia. Being close to animals can help lift a person’s mood and stimulate social interaction, so it was fantastic to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”