Residents at Lauder Lodge had the chance to get up close with creatures great and small when they were visited by some feathered friends.
The team invited Balmera Birds of Prey to lead a ‘show and tell’ workshop with residents.
Residents were visited by a host of birds of prey, including an eagle owl, a barn owl, a harris hawk and peregrine falcon.As part of the session, the residents had the opportunity to learn interesting facts about the different birds and were also able to handle the friendly creatures.
Michelle Reid, home manager at Lauder Lodge, said: “We are always looking to plan interesting and exciting activities. Many of our residents have a keen interest in nature and wildlife, and with the success of our birdwatching activity earlier this year, a falconry display was a wonderful way of developing their passion.
“You could see from residents’ reactions just how engaged and fascinated they were by the chance to get so close to these impressive creatures. 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, stimulate social interaction and ease agitation – and the birds were brilliant at doing just that! It was fantastic to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”