SOLIHULL veterans living with dementia have been handed a much needed boost – thanks to the aid of some four legged friends.
The veterans – all residents at the Royal Star and Garter Homes in Solihull – we’re treated to a visit of a miniature Shetland pony thanks the Phoenix children foundation.
The visit was organised as part of dementia awareness week during which the little pony – Tickle – spent an entire morning at the Home giving the residents plenty of time to take care of him.
Research has shown that pets offer many health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and heart-rate and reducing stress.
Health Care Associate Lee said: “The pony was nice natured and had such a calming effect on the residents.
“They reacted so well to him and the smiles on their faces really shone. What a lovely morning.”
Tickle was not the first furry animal to visit Star & Garter in Solihull – the home has a history of welcoming animals which goes as far back as 1929 when residents at the time welcomed a group of donkeys.
Animal Therapy has since become a regular activity at the home – which even has a permanent feline resident – Biggles the ragdoll cat – who provides comfort to all.
* Star & Garter provides award-winning care for veterans and their spouses who live with a disability or dementia.