Puppy love for res­i­dents at town care home

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

IT WAS puppy love at first sight for res­i­dents at a care home.

The res­i­dents at Inger­s­ley Court care home en­joyed a visit from a lit­ter of well-be­haved bas­set hound pup­pies.

The af­ter­noon was or­gan­ised by staff at the CLS-run home as part of an an­i­mal-as­sisted ther­apy ses­sion, dur­ing which res­i­dents got to hold, play with and pet their new best friends.

Ma­bel Glover, aged 103, said: “It was such a lovely af­ter­noon, I hope we get to meet the pup­pies again soon.”

Beatrice Hill, 96, said she also en­joyed the visit.

She added: “It was so lovely to meet the lit­tle pups. It took me right back to when I was a young girl and the day we first got our own puppy, who was in­cred­i­bly loyal and good-na­tured.

“They make for the very best pets.”

An­i­mal-as­sisted ther­apy is known to help en­cour­age group en­gage­ment and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion among older peo­ple, as well as pro­vide mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ences and have a calm­ing ef­fect.

Jen Jones, Inger­s­ley Court home manager, said: “It was fan­tas­tic to watch ev­ery­one play­ing with the pup­pies, which were ex­tremely well be­haved. Plus the num­ber of mem­o­ries and con­ver­sa­tions about past pets that the visit sparked was re­mark­able.

“For our less mo­bile res­i­dents, we do all we can to try and bring the out­side world in.

“Whether that’s through invit­ing mem­bers of the public along to our open events, or­gan­is­ing vis­its from ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions or hold­ing an­i­malther­apy ses­sions such as th­ese.

“It’s great to see what a pos­i­tive im­pact it has on each per­son’s day.”

●● Ma­bel Glover, 103, with bas­set hound at Inger­s­ley Court

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