Last week at Penrose Court Care Home our residents were gifted with a special visit from Safari Stu. Safari Stu provides a hands-on encounter experience with a variety of animals, including reptiles, invertebrates and mammals. Our residents enjoyed handling and finding out about the Hedgehog, Snake, Tarantula, Tortoise, and Chuckawalla.
As individuals get older it is common to begin experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation, due to the lack of mobility and reduced social interaction. This is why at Penrose Court we actively encourage our residents to keep doing fun activities that they enjoy, one is spending time with animals.
Human and animal interaction is proven to reduce stress and anxiety by adjusting hormone levels in the body. Petting an animal releases serotonin, a happy hormone in our brain, this lowers blood pressure and brings positivity. Pets can also help to reduce stress and aggressive behaviour in Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients.
At Penrose Court Care Home we regularly invite visitors into our care home, especially animals. Animal therapy has become increasingly popular across many care homes as the human and animal interaction gives the elderly a sense of enjoyment and has a huge benefit on the health and wellbeing of residents as well as providing invaluable company.
One of the many things we are passionate about at Penrose Court is our residents achieving the most out of each and every day. Our devoted team run a varied activities programme to encourage our residents to participate in a wide range of activities that they are guaranteed to benefit from, thanks to our facilities that provide social, emotional, and physical features allowing our residents to continue living a happy and fulfilled lifestyle.
If you would like to find out more information regarding the activities programme at Penrose Court Care Home, or the care options that we have to offer, then please do get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.