1. 2jays

    2jays Registered User

    Jun 4, 2010
    West Midlands
    At mums care home they are hatching chicks

    They have 2 incubators of 6 eggs per incubator. Last year the chicks were kept for 2 weeks after hatching and the residents were (under supervision) allowed to hold them

    Mums comment to all this "not much of a mouthful, but lovely" :D
  2. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    Lol 2jays .
  3. Lawson58

    Lawson58 Registered User

    Local care home near us has a resident dog and a live-in cat. In the garden there is an aviary full of budgies and a couple of rabbits are very popular with the residents. They also have a bird feeding table for the wild birds which is a great attraction. I think by already having resident pets that no one expects to bring their dogs for a visit.

    I have no idea of how they manage possible allergies but certainly the presence of animals gives the place a happy atmosphere and the residents get quite involved with them and that goes for dementia and non-dementia patients.
  4. DeborahBlythe

    DeborahBlythe Registered User

    Dec 1, 2006
    Ha ha ha 2jays. :D I like your mum's take on this. :D

    I always used to assume that pets in homes would be beneficial all round. As some of you know I am a dog owner myself and hate the thought of being separated from him. But I really don't feel that that home was being too harsh. Not everyone likes animals. Why should they have to have them introduced into communal living areas if they do not like them? And some people have strange ideas about what is a suitable pet. I have a phobia about rats and other rodents. Some people are crazy about their pet rats. I would absolutely hate to even be within sight of a pet rat. (Sorry, pet rat-loving TPers)

    Yes pets can be wonderful and therapeutic for some care home residents, but there has to be regard for the feelings of everyone, not just assume that everyone wants to be close to animals. They don't.
  5. onlyme1

    onlyme1 Registered User

    Sep 10, 2011
    pets welcome

    mum and dad's CH welcome animals. an aromatherapist comes with her dog Fudge regularly. they also have PAT dog visits. I've never seen any problems with it, they do all they can to make it feel like a home - NOT a CH. I'm going to take one of my cats in.
  6. Pickles53

    Pickles53 Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    Radcliffe on Trent
    Very well said, Deborah. I am aware of the potential benefits, but animal lovers do tend to assume that everyone ought to love their pets as much as they do. I'm not afraid of dogs, but I don't want them near me.
  7. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    North East England
    My late Mum's CH welcomed controlled and well behaved pet visitors. Anything from my Labrador, via pat dogs, two ponies to hatched eggs and chickens and partridges in the garden.... Oh and a Budgie! They even had a resident Guide Dog by the time Mum died. One of the residents was blind and used a RNIB trained Labrador.....he was well loved by everyone.
  8. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    I keep laughing now about ponies in CH , :D
    My dads daycare went to local farm to my parents to see the lambs :D
  9. Slugsta

    Slugsta Registered User

    Thanks for making me laugh guys :D

    One of my fears about ever ending up in a CH (if such things even exist by the time I need one) is having to be without animals. Of course, I would want to be able to take any pet I had (most likely a cat) with me, but I would also want to meet as many other animals as possible. Rats and eagle owls will be fine, even reindeer ( :D ). But not ssssnakes, I'm afraid.

    Mum also adores dogs. Although she has accepted that she is not in the position to have one herself, she does enjoy walking her neighbours little Westie. She also likes to stop and talk to any dog we see when we are out and about (as do I, so that is no problem). The possibility of her needing a CH is not so remote and I know she would be unhappy if she did not have contact with animals.

    I'm not saying that anyone should be 'forced' to interact with animals if they don't want to, but I strongly believe that the opportunity should be there for those who do want it.
  10. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    I don't like rats, cats or snakes but as long as at a distance I'm ok :D
    When I read PAT dog , that's all dad does with our dog, she walks by ..he pats..but that's all she ever does..walks by us we pat, she isn't a petting dog, like patted as passes by:rolleyes: odd lab
  11. jknight

    jknight Registered User

    Oct 23, 2015
    There is a care home fairly near us that specialises in dementia care. They have stables near the house so there are plenty of ponies and horses around (my daughter keeps her pony there) They also have goats, a couple of Vietnamese Pot Bellied pigs, peacocks and wallabies!!
  12. MollyD

    MollyD Registered User

    Mar 27, 2016
    That's the point. There are animals present for those who like them/need them, moreover, for those who may discover their therapeutic effects for the first time.

    Having regular access to animals doesn't have to equate with turning the day room into Noah's ark. There's more than one way to skin, oops, I mean, stroke a cat.:D
  13. AlsoConfused

    AlsoConfused Registered User

    Sep 17, 2010
    But no reindeer? :D:D:D
  14. liz56

    liz56 Registered User

    Feb 15, 2015
    North Somerset
    Still hoping to bump into the reindeer
  15. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
  16. BR_ANA

    BR_ANA Registered User

    Jun 27, 2012
    I would love some wallabies on mom's CH.
  17. Aisling

    Aisling Registered User

    Dec 5, 2015

    Sorry folks but I would never want a snake around my neck! Never!


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