It was sad to say goodbye to Sandra, who is joining her husband in retirement. A huge thank you from your Astley family. We look forward to seeing all those holiday photos!
We are however delighted to welcome Michelle our new home manager. Michelle qualified as a learning disabilities nurse in 2000. She has worked in a number of different roles within the NHS, social services and the private sector. She moved from learning disabilities to elderly care and dementia in 2012 and has since devoted her time to elderly care.
Michelle has brought with her River – her gorgeous Jack Russell. He is now visiting us 3 days a week to keep residents company and join in with activities. His dog basket is in Michelle’s office, but since we have an open door policy here, he is often pottering about the home. After a few days of exploring he has learnt the ropes – when meal times are, which residents will give him the most attention! He is often a good excuse too for staff and families to pop in to see Michelle for a chat.
It is wonderful to also welcome River to our family. Many of our residents had pets of their own so love the familiarity of a dog at home. There are many proven health benefits of having a pet too, including lowering stress and blood pressure, reducing incidents of heart attacks and strokes, improving overall health and social integration, as well as increased feelings of wellbeing.
River also sparks lots of reminiscing about pets and brings many smiles to peoples faces with his cuddles and antics. You can see from these pictures how he has settled in with ease!
We recently had a lovely afternoon with Bunnies Bugs and Beasties. They bought along a huge array of animals to pet including a giant preying mantis. Unsurprisingly River made himself scarce on this occasion! Some of our residents were very brave, getting up close to the snake, mantis and giant millipedes and were intrigued and interested to find out more about these animals.