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Discovery Zoo brings happiness to Cramlington House residents


Cramlington House was treated to a visit from the team at Discovery Zoo recently and it did not disappoint! Among the special guests were a gentle tortoise, a slithery snake, a gorgeous gecko and an adorable guinea pig. The visit not only created a memorable experience for residents but it also had a positive impact on their physical and mental wellbeing, demonstrating the therapeutic power of animals.

Animal interactions have been shown to have numerous positive effects on physical health. As the residents handled the tortoise, snake, gecko and guinea pig, they engaged in gentle movements, such as stroking and holding the animals which create a soothing effect and help residents to feel calm and relaxed. There’s also a benefit to motor skills as the act of handling and maneuvering the animals helps improve fine motor skills, promoting dexterity and coordination.

Talking about the visit, Kim Stubbs, our activities coordinator at Cramlington House said: “Animals have a unique ability to uplift spirits and evoke happiness and that was obvious on the day. The residents’ faces lit up with pure delight as they interacted with the tortoise, snake, gecko and guinea pig, creating a positive atmosphere. The shared experience of interacting with the animals also encouraged residents to engage in conversation, reminisce, and connect with one another, fostering a sense of community and belonging. What a wonderful day.”

What people are saying

  • "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."