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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Aged care residents delight in warm and fuzzy mobile petting zoo visit

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Residents, families and team members at Arcare North Lakes have had what you could call an ‘a-moo-sing’ time in recent weeks with the wonderful young animals from mobile petting zoo, Amazing Animals.

Residents had the opportunity to feed and pat the farm animals which include ducks, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep and baby animals such as piglets, a one-month-old calf and a three-week-old goat.

Residents and married couple John and Joyce, pictured above, revelled in the visit.

While holding onto the baby goat, Joyce said, “I love you! I would take you home in a flash; I just need a bag big enough to steal you!”

John is visually impaired and so the facility’s lifestyle team made sure to bring them close to him, to allow him to spend plenty of quality time with the animals.

Arcare resident, Ann, was one of many who thoroughly enjoyed the Amazing Animals visit.

He fed and cuddled them and enjoyed the sensory experience.

“I had a great time with the animals and I’m glad we could spend time with them today,” he said.

The residents enjoyed their visit so much that they have already booked them in for another visit.

Arcare North Lakes lifestyle coordinator Maree Katic said this quality spending time with the animals can have a range of rich and important benefits to those in aged care.

“Animal therapy is a wonderful way to support aged care residents as it promotes confidence, supports sensory and tactile stimulation and enables them to relive memories as many of the residents grew up on farms,” she says.

Lorna made quick friends with one of the zoo’s baby goats and is looking forward to the next mobile petting zoo experience.

One question was asked time and time again “can we keep them!”

“It was such a special moment for them to enjoy,” Katic said.

“There were smiles, laughs and enthusiasm as resident’s shared stories and fond memories of their own experiences working on their farms.”

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