Recently, we had a special visit from Wilson and Flicker, two pint-sized ponies from Therapy Ponies Scotland who both brought lots of laughter and joy to our home in Aberdeen.
Our Activity Coordinators work hard to make sure that our residents have an engaging activities programme as it helps reduce loneliness and low moods. Welcoming Wilson and Flicker into our home was an opportunity for our residents that they might never have thought they could have. Lots of our residents had many much-loved pets throughout their lives and lots of conversations about what pets they had was a massive topic in the home that day. It is proven that animal therapy is very rewarding in an individual's mental well-being as it helps the brain produce mood-boosting hormones.
Having Wilson and Flicker not only benefited our residents but also our team and our home's family members. Everyone was welcome to partake in the activity and it made everyone in Woodlands that day closer, calmer and more connected with each other.
We can't wait to have 'Therapy Ponies Scotland' back in our home so our residents can feel the love and affection that only animals can provide again.