Residents at Oaken Holt Care Home in Farmoor had a real hoot this week when they were visited by some unusual visitors for one of their interactive wildlife sessions.
The health and wellbing of our residents is paramount, and we are always looking for ways to improve many aspects of their health. Visits from animals and birds, also known as pet therapy, are very popular activities at Oaken Holt which residents look forward to. They can also boost many areas of their wellbeing such as:
improving communication and interacting with each other, which builds on their self esteem
improving assisted or independent movement
making you happier, lessening depression, and improving your outlook on life
reducing anxiety because of the calming effects
improving the relationships in the home
The three rescue owls were brought in by Alan Charlett of Al’s Owls, they currently have several birds in their care and they come in all sizes, some of which have been rescued when injured in the wild and unable to be returned. They also have some birds they hand reared from small chicks. Although they do get very attached, one of the pleasant parts of their ‘job’ they say, is after they are rescued and made well, it is great to be able to release them back into the wild.
Our residents loved the owls and they had the chance to don the heavy duty glove and hold them. They are such majestic birds and they sat on their arms so well. The health and wellbing of our residents is paramount, and we are always looking for ways to
Al explained how each one was rescued and what type of owls they were. He also gave the residents a fascinating talk about the owl’s personalities and how to handle them. The group all enjoyed hearing the very interesting facts about each of the owls, followed by a Q&A session.
The owls were then taken around the home to visit the residents that couldn’t make the talk. It was great for everyone to get the chance to see and feel the beautiful birds up close.
Everyone agreed, the visit made for a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. While some of our residents knew a little bit about these birds of prey, some facts about the owls did surprise and they look forward to welcoming Al, who is regular visitor here, back again.
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