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Have you ‘herd’ about the fun at this Edinburgh care home?

December 23rd 2019

Cairdean House - AlpacasA care home in Edinburgh was joined by some unusual friends for a special afternoon of animal fun.

Residents at Cairdean House, on Redford Road, gathered to welcome two friendly alpacas from BobCat Alpacas, which were given a tour of the home, where they received plenty of fuss and attention.

As part of the session, residents learnt about the history and characteristics of alpacas, as well as other interesting facts about the animals.

Home manager at Cairdean House, Gillian Goodall, said: “We are always looking to plan interesting and exciting activities for residents, and as so many have a keen interest in nature and animals, we invited alpacas along to provide a fun afternoon that everyone could enjoy. 

"Not many residents had seen an alpaca before, and you could see from their reactions just how fascinated they were by the gentle-natured creatures. It proved to be a real success, and the residents all loved having a cuddle with the alpacas, as well as learning about how their fleece can be used to make all sorts of different clothing. We can’t wait for them to pop in for another visit soon!”

Cairdean House has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, as well as short-term respite.

For more information about Cairdean House, please call home manager, Gillian Goodall, on 0131 516 3605, or email

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Cairdean House, in Colinton, Edinburgh, provides a wide range of quality care services for older people from residential and nursing care to short-term respite and specialist care for people living with dementia. The home offers the highest standards of care alongside modern, luxurious facilities, including a contemporary coffee shop, hair salon and cinema, but you’ll also discover a homely, welcoming atmosphere with many inviting lounge spaces to relax in.

Cairdean House
185 Redford Road
EH13 9PN

0333 321 0924

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