There were smiles all round when vulnerable elderly residents at a Cheltenham nursing home enjoyed the pleasures of the countryside without leaving the safety of their home.
Residents at Wentworth Court, who live with moderate to severe dementia have not been able to leave the Village Road home due to Covid for more than a year, so were delighted to receive a visit from Rupert and Chums including lambs, miniature ponies, fluffy chicks and Jess the dog.
The cute creatures received lots of love and attention from the residents in a large marquee in the front garden, especially set up for the event and to provide a safe shelter.
Wellbeing Manager Suzanne Meadows said, “The wellbeing team have been busy working on animal-themed crafts, quizzes and games with residents to build the excitement ahead of our special visitors with the aim of promoting cognitive and physical stimulation.
“We’ve had a wonderful Spring day outdoors, meeting and petting the animals and talking to Rupert and his volunteers. A number of our residents have come from farming or rural background and seeing the animals has stimulated memories as well as bringing much joy.
“We understand how life continues for people who have dementia and the importance of thinking of meaningful activities keep minds active and everyone smiling.”
Wentworth Court is Cheltenham’s only specialist dementia nursing facility and is home to 60 residents. For more information, call 01242 263334.
Rupert and Chums is a mobile petting farm offering hands-on and educational interactions with a family of therapy pets include miniature ponies, farm animals and Jemima the dog.