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Making a new four-legged friend

Ashbourne Court Care Home, Hampshire-Resident Lily gives Miss Milly a treat

Residents at Ashbourne Court Care Home recently enjoyed making a new four-legged friend when Miss Milly the dog visited.

Miss Milly and her owner Michele are from Therapy Dogs Nationwide, a charity where visiting volunteers take their own dogs to meet new people to give comfort and stimulation.

Michele and Miss Milly took a tour around our home meeting residents in the lounge and in their rooms. Everyone was delighted to stroke the friendly pooch and feed her some favourite treats; cheese and liver, which she gobbled up happily.

Resident Jean said, “She’s so soft and pleased to see me. Look at that tail”, and resident William asked “Can we keep her?”

Magic Moments Club Assistant Nemily said, “Everyone loved meeting Miss Milly and are looking forward to seeing her again soon as she is going to be visiting us every month. Many of our residents used to own dogs and spending time with Miss Milly brought back lots of happy memories.”

At Ashbourne Court we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.

Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents.

The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.

Ashbourne Court Care Home rated OUTSTANDING by the Care Quality Commission is located in Andover, Hampshire and provides ​​residential carenursing care, dementia carepalliative care and respite care.

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