Butterflies at East Hill House

At East Hill care home in Liss, after seeing how positively our residents responded to pets and animals that have visited our home we decided to explore what we could nurture and raise here.

We discussed with our residents what we could do and as the Butterfly Education and Awareness Day (BEAD) was coming up on 2nd June, decided on raising butterflies as a really worthwhile and enjoyable project and releasing them on this special day.

We arranged for the delivery of the Butterfly Kit to come to East Hill House, which arrived with great expectation and anticipation. It came with all the correct equipment we needed and with a ‘how to look after me’ booklet so we were all set to go.

They needed to be kept still for the first few days and the environment needed to be warm and sunny, so after careful consideration it was agreed the best place for them would be our small lounge/activity room.

After they had settled in well, they were brought around the residents’ room and lounges so they could start to see the changing progress so involving everyone.

Our residents got involved in helping cut up the fresh fruit they needed and also pick the nectar based flowers for the butterfly enclosure.

Our residents and relatives really enjoyed watching them growing and the changes in appearance every day no matter how subtle. We learnt not only how to look after them but also gave us an opportunity to learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly and their way of life and role in pollination so it was informative too.

Some of our residents commented that they found having the butterflies very calming and relaxing to watch and they loved helping them nurture and grow.

On sunny and warm days, when our residents were sitting on the decking they often asked if they could take the butterflies for some sunshine.

They became such a popular attraction and talking point at our home. We were amazed at how these little insects captured everyone’s attention and their hearts too.

It was great to see how they everyone got so involved and how it gave such a sense of belonging and wellbeing, being responsible for the care of a small insect that would one day grow into a beautiful butterfly.

With only weeks to go until the big release, we can’t wait until we say ‘bon voyage’ and see them spread their wings and start on their next adventure.

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East Hill House which provides residential and dementia care for up to 32 elderly people, was awarded ‘Best Dementia Care Home of the Year’ at the prestigious National Dementia Care Awards in 2017. Rated ‘Good’ by the quality inspector, CQC, they continuously improve the lives of their residents through offering wide ranging activities and events both in and outside of the home involving members of the local community as often as possible.

If you would like to find out more about this event and/or life at East Hill House, please contact us on 0808 223 5501 or easthill.manager@caringhomes.org.

East Hill House Care Home

Home Manager

Samantha Booty


East Hill Drive,
Hillbrow Road,
GU33 7RR

0808 223 5501
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