Residents at Gracewell of Weymouth Receive A Special Visit

Gracewell  |  August 17, 2017

Our furry animal friends are so much more than just cute companions. They can make us healthier, more engaged, and can provide really important therapy which can leave us feeling enriched and calm, and can enhance our general well-being. 

Residents, along with their grandchildren and families at Gracewell of Weymouth, had been eagerly awaiting a very special visit from all kinds of animals from the local Kingston Maurward Animal Park in Dorchester this week.

They were able to meet, stroke, handle and hold a whole range of animals from ferrets and guinea pigs, to a rat called Rosie and an owl called Sky. Before each animal was introduced, the residents and guests were given an informative talk about each animal and their background, and had the opportunity to guess what animal it was, before it made its grand appearance.

It was the first time that such animals had made a visit to the home, and all the residents, as well as their family members, were so keen to be involved, finishing as a very memorable day for all.

Esther Sheppard, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Weymouth, said:

“It was absolutely brilliant to have so many different animals come into Gracewell of Weymouth – our residents had been so excited about it for weeks in advance and it was definitely worth the wait. It was really great to see the residents so enthusiastic and ready to be involved. Huge thanks to Kingston Maurward Animal Park for making the day so special for the residents and their families – I know they will be talking about it for weeks to come!”