Donkeys pay a special visit to Oaklands Care Home
PUBLISHED: 16:37 29 May 2018
The residents of a South Norfolk care home have been treated to a visit from some unusual four legged visitors.
When Sarah McPherson was supporting her mother through the later stages of dementia she discovered that the donkeys she kept at her home had the ability to put a smile on her mother’s face no matter what.
Wishing others to benefit from the same therapeutic benefits Ms McPherson decided set up a social enterprise called Mini Donkeys for Wellbeing.
Now, with the help of volunteers, the 54 year-old visits care homes across the region with her donkeys, including the Kingsley run Care home Oaklands in Scole.
Home manager Ann Hall-Galley said: “Some of our residents are living with dementia and pet therapy is known to be a tonic for them – but you are usually talking about dogs and cats.
“Everyone loved seeing the donkeys. There were lots of smiles and residents were interacting with them.”