Close Encounters of the Furry Kind at Miranda House

Residents at Miranda House in Royal Wootton Bassett, recently enjoyed a special visit at our home from a pair of very unusual four legged guests, two Alpacas named George and Frontier, who were brought along by their owners, Lane House Alpacas in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

At Miranda House, we are always looking at new and interesting activities for our residents to participate in and enjoy so we were delighted when Lane House Farm agreed to bring their Alpacas into our home.

Our residents were very excited when they heard of the impending visit and there was lots of discussion in the lead up to the afternoon visit, not only by the residents but by their families and members of our team as well. Everyone was really looking forward to seeing them and for the chance to get up close to them. Not only did our residents get to stroke the Alpacas, we learnt lots of facts about them during the visit so it was informative too.

Our residents were amazed how soft and furry they were and our residents were very relaxed and calm around these big furry animals. It was even commented on that George and Frontier seemed very happy to be fussed over by everyone.

For those of our residents who are not so mobile, we made sure they did not miss out as George and Frontier toured around our home and some of our residents even enjoyed a special visit in the comfort of their own bedrooms.

Most of our residents and team had never seen an Alpaca before so it was a brand new experience for them and they were a very popular attraction on the day; everyone loved to see them. There was lots of smiley faces all round and the Alpacas were full of character and personality but so friendly, calm and well behaved.

All in all, it was a great day and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us here at Miranda House. It was a lovely visit and we look forward see them again soon. Now we’re just waiting to see what other unusual animals are coming to visit us here at our home. Watch this space…

At Miranda House, we believe an active life is a happier and more fulfilling life for our residents and a key part of our care team are our activities coordinators. They work with each resident to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate in activities that have real meaning for them. We always encourage our residents, wherever possible to maintain the hobbies and interests they have built up over a lifetime but also to try new experiences as and when they wish.

If you would like to find out more about life at Miranda House in Royal Wootton Bassett, events and activities at our home, or to arrange a visit to meet us, please contact us on 0808 223 5525 or email

George (brown Alpaca) and Frontier (white Alpaca) pictured with some of our residents.

Miranda House

Home Manager

Phil Chapman


High Street,
Royal Wootton Bassett,

0808 223 5525
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely