In a heartwarming initiative aimed at enhancing the well-being of its residents, fondly referred to as family members, Sundial Care Home delightedly welcomed therapy llamas Harry and George from Peak Hill Farm to pay a special visit to the home. The furry and friendly llamas interacted with the residents, creating moments of joy and connection.
Maggie, the owner of Peak Hill Farm, has always been interested in animal assisted therapy. She has a variety of qualifications under her belt and numerous years’ experience working with adults and children with complex needs and has attended a Dementia Awareness course.
Research has shown that animal-assisted therapy has significant benefits for individuals living with a Dementia. Interacting with animals, such as llamas, has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, while also promoting social interaction and improving overall emotional well-being. The calming presence of these gentle creatures has a remarkable effect, creating a sense of companionship and happiness.
Sundial Care Home believes in providing holistic care, uniquely tailored to the individual (person centred care), by incorporating unique and engaging activities. They aim to enhance the quality of life for the people living there, ensuring that they lead fulfilling and joyous lives.
“We were thrilled to introduce the llamas to our family members,” said Elizabeth Thompson, Home Manager of the outstanding rated care home. “This experience brought smiles to the faces of family members, team members, and relatives alike and it was a joy to witness the happiness and connections made with these lovely creatures.”
Sundial Care Home is based in the village of Tipton St John, Devon. It’s approach to life recognises the values, beliefs and identity of each person. Each person that may need support is unique and by understanding one’s life history, one’s journey in life, by striving to be a true continuation of home, the team at Sundial Care Home create a place where everyone feels safe and never alone.