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Alpacas provide therapy for Hadleigh Nursing Home residents as part of trial scheme

Alpaca therapy visit at Hadleigh Nursing Home. Submitted photo. (6765327)
Alpaca therapy visit at Hadleigh Nursing Home. Submitted photo. (6765327)

Care home residents with dementia benefited from the therapeutic qualities of alpacas, as part of an ongoing trial scheme.

Hadleigh Nursing Home, based in Friars Road, was selected last year for a pet therapy trial by Clay Hill Farm in Wattisham, which keeps a herd of 60 alpacas.

The farm’s owner, Jo Bridge, now brings a South American breed of the animal for regular visits.

“From our first visit, it has proved so rewarding for everyone,” said Ms Bridge. “You can see the pleasure the alpacas bring just by the big smiles on residents’ faces.”

Clair Perks, the home’s activities co-ordinator, said: “It really lifts the mood of people living with dementia.

“One of our residents, Alfred Wright, who is normally not very expressive, sat bolt upright when he encountered one of the alpacas for the first time and said, ‘darling, you have made my evening’.”


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