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Pony visit at West Farm

We recently had a lovely visit from a pony which brought a lot of happiness and smiles to our residents at West Farm! Nothing beats a bit of animal therapy and it was wonderful to see the pony weave through the home, receiving lots of pats and cuddles

The benefits of animal therapy are well-documented, from lowering blood pressure to reducing feelings of loneliness and anxiety, the presence of animals genuinely can have an extremely positive effect on wellbeing. For the elderly, especially, these interactions can rekindle memories, encourage communication and provide a calming influence.

Zahra Karimi, our manager at West Farm said: “The joy and light the pony brought to our residents was incredible. These moments of connection not only brighten their day but also invoke a sense of calm and reminiscence that is truly priceless. We hope to see the pony again soon!”

The initiative shows how therapeutic interactions with animals can play a key role in elderly care, which leave a lasting impact of residents who are more relaxed, brighter and happier following interactions with animals.

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."