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Have you herd about the fun at The Potteries and Ferndown Manor?

February 7th 2018


Residents were joined by some unusual friends for a therapeutic afternoon meeting alpacas.

Ferndown Manor and The Potteries residents had a fun filled day when they were visited by friendly faces from Copse View Alpacas.


Residents gathered in the communal lounge areas to welcome the alpacas, Oliver, Midnight Prince and Sirocco. The alpacas were even given a tour of the homes by their handler Wendy Williams where they also visited residents in their bedrooms.

As part of the session, residents learnt about the history and characteristics of alpacas, and were given a host of interesting facts about the animals.

Ferndown Manor home manager, Janet Lewis, said: “We are always looking to plan interesting and exciting activities for residents, and bringing pets such as cats and dogs into the home to meet residents has been proven to have many therapeutic benefits for older people.

“When the opportunity arose to welcome the herd from Copse View Alpacas to the home, we were excited to make this happen. There was a huge amount of interest when we announced the visit to residents. It was brilliant to have such a great turn out, and to see the residents engaged and asking questions about the friendly animals.”

Zita Turner, home manager at The Potteries, added: “Not many residents had seen an alpaca before, and you could see from residents’ reactions just how fascinated they were by the chance to get up close to and pet the gentle-natured creatures. It proved to be a real success, and the residents all enjoyed having a cuddle with Oliver and Sirocco as well as learning about how their fleece can be used to make all sorts of different clothing.

“Not only did the workshop fit really well with our ‘Activity Based Care’ approach here at The Potteries, it was also fantastic to see the smiles on everyone’s faces, and we believe it had real therapeutic benefits for residents – especially those living with dementia.”


Ferndown Manor is a stunning and modern, purpose-built care home situated in the thriving centre of Ferndown, Dorset. We provide a wide range of high quality care services for older people, from residential and nursing care through to short-term respite and specialist dementia care. The home itself has been designed to support your loved one to continue to enjoy a fulfilling, varied and comfortable lifestyle, featuring a range of comfortable lounge and dining areas, 75 en-suite bedrooms and state-of-the-art facilities throughout.

Ferndown Manor
110 Golf Links Road
BH22 8DA

0333 321 1998

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
  • Palliative care
  • Continuing healthcare
  • Frail elderly

The Potteries is an attractive and contemporary, purpose-built care home located in the suburb of Broadstone, just a few miles from the centre of the beautiful seaside town of Poole. The home offers 79 bedrooms over three floors, and has been designed first and foremost with your loved one’s comfort, relaxation and entertainment in mind. As well as providing superb facilities, The Potteries offers a full range of round-the-clock care services for older people, including residential care, nursing care and specialist care for individuals living with dementia.

The Potteries
187 York Road
BH18 8ES

0333 321 0929

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care