Wigmore Residents go Crazy for Wild Science Visit
Residents of Rogers House Residential Care Home in Wigmore enjoyed a spot of animal therapy last week when they received a visit from Wild Science.
No strangers to having furry friends in the home, residents of the Drewery Drive residential care home have been visited by the animal experience many times before, and they always enjoy getting to know their new friends.
The experience, which offered residents the chance to meet an array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, invited the group to find out more about the creatures and stroke them, if they wanted to. Animals included bunnies, hamsters, geckos and snails. The residents were particularly fond of the softer of the animals.
Jackie Miles, Home Manager of Rogers House commented: “The residents loved the visit from Wild Science, it’s something we’ve done before and it’s always very popular.
“We believe that interaction with animals is a really positive experience for our residents and so it is something we like to do as much as we can. Just the simple motion of stroking a rabbit can be really therapeutic and calming for older people, particularly those living with dementia.”
Studies have shown that animal therapy can improve self-esteem, verbal communication and social engagement. Interaction with animals can also lessen the effects of loneliness, depression, boredom and anxiety.