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17 June 2022

Old Macdonald had a farm: Baby Animals Spend Quality Time with Arcare North Lakes Residents

In June 2022, residents, families and team members at Arcare North Lakes had an a-moo-sing time with the beloved animals from mobile petting zoo, Amazing Animals.

Residents had the opportunity to feed and pat the farm animals which included ducks, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, sheep and baby animals such as piglets, a one-month-old calf and a three-week-old goat.

While holding onto the baby goat, resident Joyce Crawford said, “I love you! I would take you home in a flash; I just need a bag big enough to steal him,”

Joyce’s husband, John who is also a resident at Arcare North Lakes and is visually impaired, spent quality time with the animals as the Lifestyle team made sure to bring them close to him. He fed and cuddled them and enjoyed the sensory experience.

“I had a great time with the animals and I’m glad we could spend time with them today,” John said.

The residents enjoyed their visit so much that they have already booked them in for another visit.

“Animal therapy is a wonderful way to support aged care residents as it promotes confidence, supports sensory and tactile stimulation and enables them to relive memories as many of the residents grew up on farms. One question was asked time and time again “can we keep them!” it was such a special moment for them to enjoy.” – Lifestyle Coordinator Maree said.

“There were smiles, laughs and enthusiasm as resident’s shared stories and fond memories of their own experiences working on their farms.” – Lifestyle Coordinator Maree said.

(Please note: To ensure the health and safety of our residents and team members, when an animal visits our Arcare residences, all residents, team members, volunteers and visitors who have come into contact with the animal will be encouraged to perform proper hand hygiene either with soap and water or, an alcohol-based handrub.)