Alpaca Adventure at Woodlands Care Home - 31 Oct 2018
Woodlands House in Southampton excitedly welcomed two Alpacas in to the residential care home to meet and greet the residents.
Standing at one metre in height, Alpacas originate from regions of South America including Peru, Chile and Bolivia. During the first time visit, the furry creatures met the 36 residents for a fun and exciting close-up interactive meet and greet session.
The two huacaya alpaca called ‘Midnight Prince’ and ‘Casper’ from the Shaftsbury based organisation; Alpaca Adventure, visited the home for one-hour and was gladly welcomed by everyone.
The gentle and easy to handle creatures are known to be intelligent and easily trained, making them the perfect visitors to a care home.
This activity may be perceived as an unusual activity for a care home but there are multiple benefits:
- Interaction with an unusual and different species as a unique experience
- Enhance wellbeing to stimulate a positive mood and mindset
- Learning new facts and information about the creatures
- New sensory experiences to touch and examine animals closely
- Create conversations and interactions to ask questions
Wendy Williams is from Alpaca Adventure: we work with animals to provide experiences to make people's lives better. Animals hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives. There is strong evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that prove interacting with animals can be beneficial to the physical, social and emotional well-being of those with dementia. During our visit to Woodlands House the residents had bright smiles so it’s clear they enjoyed meeting Casper and Midnight Prince.
The exceptional care provided at the Southampton care home is underpinned by the core values of care, comfort and companionship. The welcoming and comfortable home is proudly led by our fully-trained, compassionate and caring team, who strive to make a positive difference to the quality of life for those who call Woodlands House, ‘home’.
Lisa Sellens is the General Manager of the care home: we decided to invite Wendy and her Alpacas to see us because we felt that it would be a new & different experience for our residents. We firmly believe that you are never too old to learn something new and our residents are always curious and excited to learn more about animals and it truly put a smile a on the residents’ faces!
The welcoming care home is an active part of the local community and goes to great lengths to make a positive difference to the lives of residents by planning stimulating activities.
A recent highlight includes the ‘Knitter Knatter’ weekly club where the residents created knitted hats for the neonatal department at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. The fun-loving care team recently organised a trip to the Watercress Line Railway, for Richard, a resident who is a railway enthusiast.