Crook care home tries out ‘creepy crawly’ pet therapy

11 January 2017

Resident from Bradbury House holding a reptileRats, tarantulas, snakes and lizards paid a visit to a Crook care home last week.

Bradbury House, run by charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, cares for disabled adults and decided to welcome the creepy-crawlies into their home as part of some unusual animal therapy.

Handling creatures ranging from tree frogs to snakes to giant millipedes and African land snails, the residents got to interact with the animals and learn more about them.

Bradbury House activities organiser Alison Garland said:

‘It was totally therapeutic for the people that use our services.

‘They got to stroke the animals and they found it really educational.

‘Luckily nobody had any phobias, though a few people weren’t keen on holding the rats.’

Paula Blyth, who lives at Bradbury House, said:

‘It was an amazing experience and very interesting to learn more about reptiles.

‘I especially enjoyed holding the pet rats and lizard.’

Specialists in live animal handling ZooLab delivered the therapy session for Bradbury House.

ZooLab ranger Natalie Cowell said:

‘Animal therapy improves personal well-being, entertains residents, stimulates memory and recall, provides new learning opportunities, encourages personal interaction and provides a shared experience for residents and staff alike.’

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