Chicks hatch in Sheffield care home - and boost residents' wellbeing
Residents at a Sheffield-based care home have welcomed the arrival of their fluffy new friends to the home.
Residents at Broomcroft House Care Home on Ecclesall Road South were given hatching kits as part of an initiative to boost health and well-being.
Joanna MacGregor who helps coordinate activities in the home, chose to bring chicks into the setting due to research that suggests animals can boost general health and well-being among residents.
Joanna says: “Not only do animals bring a huge sense of joy but they can act as a form or therapy, encouraging communication and providing sensory stimulation and relaxation too.
“The residents have enjoyed being part of the process deciding where the chicks stay and they are very hands on in all aspects of care, including the cleaning!”
Joan, a resident at the home for one is particularly fond of one of the chicks who has provided her with comfort and has named him, ‘Marvin’.
Joan says: “Marvin is a feisty little thing, he likes to jump about and play. He’s quite quick so I need to be on the ball when I’m with him.
“It has been truly wonderful to be able to teach him to eat and drink and let him rest on me when he gets tired.”
Luke Owens, home manager at Broomcroft House Bupa Care Home, said: “It has been wonderful to see how excited the residents are, as many have never seen an egg hatch or held a new chick before.
“Our newest residents are certainly the youngest we have had around here and the smiles they have raised are a joy to watch.”