Residents at Formby nursing home enjoy animal magic
Residents and staff at a Merseyside nursing home enjoyed meeting a family of friendly farmyard animals this week.
Residents and staff at a Merseyside nursing home enjoyed meeting a family of friendly farmyard animals this week. Freshfields in Formby played host to a cow, a donkey, pigmy goats, a pig, hens, ducks, miniature ponies, sheep and rabbits.
The ‘petting zoo’ was provided by Fishers Farm Farm-based in Much Hoole, West Lancs – and was a huge hit with everyone at the nursing home for adults with disabilities. The Valorum Care home provides care and support to up to 33 adults with range of physical disabilities and neurological conditions.
Registered Manager at Freshfields, Julie Parry said: “Our activities team really went animal crackers with this one! The animals were so popular with the residents and some of our staff members’ children also came along to enjoy a chance to meet them.
“They were all so used to meeting people and were really friendly. Helga the pig basically rolled onto her back for a belly rub anytime someone went near her! The hens were all named after famous chicken dishes – Bhuna, Tikka, Nugget, Rogan Josh – and because you were able to pick these up they were really popular, along with the rabbits.
“It was so lovely to enjoy an activity like this after all that the residents have been through during Covid and the lockdowns. It was nice to have a sense of normality back and see everyone laughing and enjoying themselves.”
Freshfields is planning an Open Day on September 14th which will again welcome the animals from Fishers farm back to the home. The open day will also be open to the local community to attend.