Residents at Prince George Duke of Kent Court in Chislehurst, Kent were delighted when Rocky the donkey came to visit.
Resident Len Willis is delighted to meet Rocky the donkey.
Rocky was led by handler Caroline Edmonds from Second Chance, a sanctuary based in Somerset, all around the Home so that residents could pet and stroke him. They even stopped off at some residents’ rooms so that they could be introduced.
Residents Greta Mountford and Sheila Harding at Prince George Duke of Kent Court in Chislehurst greet Rocky the donkey.
The benefits of spending time with animals for older people are immense. Research has shown that having something to pet or touch can result in lower blood pressure, better heart rate and reduced stress. Animals can provide emotional stability during stressful situations, helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
The visit also proved to be wonderful for residents with dementia at Prince George Duke of Kent Court, as it helped to spark conversation and reminiscence.
Diane Connor, the Home’s Activities Coordinator, said:
It was wonderful to see the residents’ faces light up when Rocky came around! He brought joy and calmness to our residents, which is beneficial for their mental health and wellbeing.
Resident June Ainsworth gently pats Rocky the donkey.
[Summary: Residents at Prince George Duke of Kent Court in Chislehurst, Kent were delighted when Rocky the donkey came to visit.]