Residents at Scarbrough Court, in Cramlington, were delighted this week when a little therapy pony came to visit. Residents were all smiles when Taz, a beautiful, dappled brown and grey American miniature pony, arrived at the Home.
Katy Smith, owner of K & L Pony Therapy, led Taz all around the Home so that residents could pet and stroke him. They even stopped off at some residents’ rooms so that they could be introduced.
The benefits of spending time with animals for older people are immense. Research has shown that having something to pet or touch can result in lower blood pressure, normal heart rate and reduced stress. Pets provide emotional stability during stressful situations, helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
The visit also proved to be wonderful for residents at Scarbrough Court who have dementia as it helped to spark conversation and reminiscence.
Stacey Hunter, one of the Home’s Activities Coordinators, said:
Taz was so patient and placid, standing still for everyone to pet and stroke him. Our residents loved meeting him and hearing all about him from Katy. It was a lovely afternoon which certainly lifted everyone’s spirits!
Taz nuzzles up to resident Lucy Ewbank at Scarbrough Court