“Nelly is a big dog but she is so gentle and our residents’ faces light up when she arrives"
Residents at Henleigh Hall Care Home always look forward to visits by their very special four-legged friend, Nelly the Old English Sheepdog.
Nelly visits us regularly with her owner Judith who is the daughter-in-law of a lady who used to live at our home. Judith is a volunteer for Therapy Dogs Nationwide, a national charity where people take their own dogs into various establishments to give comfort and stimulation. The impact of Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) has been extensively studied and the benefits range from improvement in general health and well-being to increased confidence levels and improved movement and communication skills.
Nelly has a wonderful temperament and we all love her to bits! Resident Reg who has lived with us for 10 years has met many of Judith’s dogs and said, “I love it when the dogs come in to visit, they make me feel alive!”
Home Manager Lindsey said, “Nelly is a big dog but she is so gentle and our residents’ faces light up when she arrives. Judith has an amazing ability to connect with the residents and understand at a glance the interaction and communication between them and her dogs. We are very lucky to have her as a friend of our home.”
At Henleigh Hall 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.