Last week, Wags and Company popped into Cramlington House with a range of gorgeous, friendly dogs to introduce to our residents and what an absolute hit they were! Lots of smiles and laughter rang around the home, creating such a positive and upbeat atmosphere.
Residents met a range of canny canines including Eric the French Bulldog. Eric in particular was much adored by many of our residents who developed a lovely bond with him and greatly appreciated his presence. They enjoyed some fab conversations with residents who stroked, cuddled and held them lovingly, and it was amazing to see the response the pooches had!
Kim Stubbs, Our Wellbeing Champion at Cramlington House, said: “Animal therapy plays a vital role in care and the benefits it provides to residents are outstanding. It encourages greater interaction, boosts wellbeing and creates a calm and loving atmosphere where new conversations develop and new memories are made. Importantly, it also reignites the past for some of our residents who owned a dog or lived with one before moving in with us. Eric and Emma really were superstars, and everyone was beaming from ear to ear with the company they provided. The response from residents was so great to see – we can’t wait to see them again soon!
Animals can often create an impact that humans can’t, and this is why the role of common pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits play a key role in the care we provide. Numerous studies show pets are capable of permanently lifting the atmosphere within care home settings which is why we value their role in care so much.
The Wags and Co team were such a huge hit, Cramlington House is now welcoming them with open and loving arms every Thursday. We’re looking forward to sharing with you some more updates and photos about the benefits and positive impact the visits have on residents.
Dogs really are a human’s best friend!
"I am very pleased with how my mother has settled in and generally how supportive and caring the staff are. This has given us peace of mind knowing that she is safe & well looked after. Thank you."
"Our mum has been a resident at Cramlington House for over a year and we have nothing but praise for the friendly, approachable staff and management. We always feel like part of an extended family and when we visit nothing is too much bother. We are completely happy with the standard of care, support and understanding we all receive as a family."
"From the first day, I knew it was the place for my mum. Clean, friendly staff, lovely environment! My mum would not get the opportunity to do the activities she is experiencing if she was not in Cramlington House. It is home from home and we can visit anytime. I can't say enough of how great Cramlington House is. "
"This is an absolutely superb care facility. The staff say that this is the home of the residents, in which they work - and they evidence that philosophy every day. In the last months of our mother's long life, we took comfort form the fact that she was safe and secure, being well-fed and looked after. The entire care team are brilliant. "
"All the staff at West Farm have provided such wonderful care, compassion and support to my auntie. We both feel incredibly lucky to have found West Farm, it’s been the perfect home for my auntie. I can honestly say, hand on heart, every aspect of the care provided by each member of staff at West Farm has been outstanding."