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Godalming care home saddles up to welcome new housemates


Godalming care home saddles up to welcome new housemates


"We love our new friends on the farm. The residents really enjoy tending to them and making sure Cookie, Hannah and Ford have everything they need to settle in to their new home. "
Angela Bookham, home manager at Broadwater Lodge



A Godalming care home has welcomed several new four-legged residents and is having a wonderful time getting to know them.

 

Care UK’s Broadwater Lodge, on Summers Road, built Codgers Farm last year after enjoying a number of successful animal therapy visits to the home. The farm is complete with pigs, goats, a rabbit, guinea pigs and a small flock of chickens.

 

Alongside the four-legged friends already on the farm, the care home has now welcomed three more animals to the family. Pigs Hannah and Ford, donated by and named after engineering company Hannaford Upright, and are already having fun getting to know the other resident pig. Also joining the new arrivals is Cookie the miniature pony who has been settling in and getting to know her neigh-bours.

 

Angela Bookham, home manager at Broadwater Lodge, said: “We love our new friends on the farm. The residents really enjoy tending to them and making sure Cookie, Hannah and Ford have everything they need to settle in to their new home.

 

“Petting animals and being in their company has proven therapeutic benefits, particularly for those living with dementia, as it can reduce anxiety, release calming endorphins, and decrease feelings of loneliness. You can see from the residents’ reactions just how engaged they are when given the opportunity to get close to such lovely, affectionate animals.”

 

Broadwater Lodge will be inviting the local community to come and meet the new animals during National Care Home Open Day in June.  

 

Broadwater Lodge provides full-time residential and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own hair salon and there is plenty of space, both indoors and out, for relaxation and recreation.

 

For more information about Broadwater Lodge contact home manager, Angela Bookham, by emailing angela.bookham@careuk.com or call 01483 331 220.

 

For more information please visit careuk.com/broadwater-lodge

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