Animal therapy helps care home residents

RESIDENTS at HC-One’s Millbrook Care Home in Stalybridge enjoyed an afternoon of animal therapy when they visited The Donkey Sanctuary in Derbyshire.

Staff and volunteers at the sanctuary were delighted to welcome the Millbrook residents as they brought several donkeys out to meet everyone.

Residents were able to meet the donkeys up close, stroking, feeding and even grooming the donkeys, before learning about the history of the charity and the work carried out to look after the donkeys.

Founded in 1969, The Donkey Sanctuary is a charity that makes a profound difference to the lives of donkeys and people across the globe.

Animal therapy is integrated into many activities at HC-One as research into the technique demonstrates a positive connection between health and animals. The therapy aims to enhance engagement, wellbeing and social interactions amongst residents.

Andrew Bradley, home manager at Millbrook, said: “Animal therapy is one of the most popular activities for residents living at Millbrook and we were delighted to have the opportunity to visit The Donkey Sanctuary to witness all the hard work the charity does.

“The day was a great success and all residents thoroughly enjoyed the day. We can’t wait to visit again in the future.”

Located on Huddersfield Road, Millbrook offers short and long term care packages for older members of the community needing residential care.


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