Edinburgh care home visited by a herd of fluffy four-legged friends

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A 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 three friendly alpacas, Golden Belle, Butterscotch and Roxy Music, which were given a tour of the home, where they received plenty of fuss and attention.


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

Gillian Goodall, Home Manager at Cairdean House, said: “We had a wonderful afternoon meeting Golden Belle, Butterscotch and Roxy Music.

“Here at Cairdean House, we are always looking for new and exciting activities for residents to enjoy. Animal therapy has proven to be incredibly beneficial for older people, as it can offer a calming effect, prompt conversations, and put a smile on everyone’s faces. Alpacas are known for being gentle animals, which makes them perfect for care home visits. 

“It was so lovely to welcome the three alpacas into the home, and we look forward to seeing them again very 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 gillian.goodall@careuk.com.

For more general information, please visit careuk.com/cairdean-house.

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185 Redford Road, Colinton - Edinburgh, Scotland, EH13 9PN

Cairdean House

Cairdean House

Care Inspectorate: Registered
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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