Residents of Mearns House care home recently fell head over hooves for some fluffy friends.
The care home welcomed two alpacas to give residents the chance to meet and interact with the animals.
The visit was by Velvet Hall Alpacas and residents were encouraged to get to know the good looking pair – named Rory and Pearson – who have been highly trained to handle any situation.
Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to be very beneficial in elderly care, as physical contact with the animals encourages communication, can reduce stress and anxiety and even improve motor skills and self-esteem.
It is particularly beneficial for those with co-ordination and mobility challenges, learning difficulties, depression, anxiety and dementia.
Samantha Dougan activities coordinator for both homes, said: “It’s not every day you get alpacas wandering through the home, so it was lovely for the residents to have the opportunity to enjoy their company.
“As well as being fun and interesting, animal therapy is also hugely important for our residents as it’s relaxing and can also be a very social activity.
“Everyone was overjoyed when Rory and Pearson came to say hello, and they left a smile on every face they met as they made their way around the home. At Meallmore, we’re committed to delivering exceptional standards of care to the elderly and frail and this visit from Velvet Hall Alpacas is just one of the ways in which we try to enrich the lives of our residents.”
Velvet Hall Alpacas are based in the Scottish Borders in the heart of the beautiful Tweed Valley. They currently have a herd of 16 alpacas and offer visits, treks and other packages.
More information about Meallmore Ltd can be found at www.meallmorelodge.co.uk