Welcoming a handful of members of the local community, star guests of the day included Sarah and Tom, owners of Mill Cottage Farm, along with over 20 animals including goats, pigs, donkeys, ducks, chickens, chicks, rabbits, bunnies, guinea pigs and roosters for residents and guests to pet and hold.
The mobile farm experience visits many community settings including schools, playgroups and residential homes, and Sarah and Tom have been taking the animals to Deer Park View for the last few years.
Home manager, Debi Miller, said: “It is safe to say that everyone had a wonderful time and we just wanted to say a big thank you to Sarah and Tom at Mill Cottage Farm as our residents were not able to stop smiling when the animals were around.
“Animals are a wonderful way for older people to relive memories as well as enjoy the therapeutic experience of holding or stroking an animal. It is also an excellent opportunity for residents to share stories with us about their experiences in farming or about their own pets”.
Debi continued: “Being located so close to the centre of Kingston-Upon-Thames, we always encourage those with care enquiries to visit our home but the amazing thing about Care Home Open Week is that it presents care homes with the opportunity to welcome and meet the entire community, showcasing our outstanding home including our staff, residents, and services.
“For those who couldn’t come along on the day, you can still get in touch with our friendly staff, and we will be more than happy to arrange a visit for you around the home or answer any of your care-related questions”.
Deer Park View Care Home, named because it overlooks the historic Royal hunting ground of Bushy Park, provides residential, nursing and dementia care in the heart of Teddington.
For more information or to arrange a tour, visit call the friendly care team on freephone 0808 223 5422.