At Cramlington House, residents recently enjoyed a fun-filled visit from a wide range of animals. From a gentle dove to a slithery snake, a curious rat, and a magnificent owl, the star of the show was definitely Zante the fox.
Animal therapy provides great benefits to our residents, helping to reduce anxiety and making residents feel relaxed and comfortable. The simple act of petting an animal can trigger the release of oxytocin, the ‘feel good’ hormone, leading to an instant boost in mood and a sense of emotional wellbeing.
Kim Stubbs, our activities coordinator at Cramlington House, said: “Residents were so happy during the animal visit. Many expressed excitement and wonder as they interacted with the animals. Zante the fox captured hearts with his playful and affectionate manner. The experience brought back cherished memories of wildlife and instilled a sense of childlike curiosity among the residents. It was wonderful to watch.”
The animal visit also sparked conversations and social interactions among the residents. Sharing stories and experiences created a sense of community and unity. The presence of animals can indeed work wonders in nurturing the human spirit and improving overall wellbeing.
"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."