Residents at a Littlehampton care home welcomed some very special neighbours when Pony Pals visited recently.
The friendly miniature ponies created a stir when they trotted into Darlington Court, on The Leas off Station Road, where everyone had the opportunity to stroke and pet the animals, and enjoy an informative talk on their individual personalities and how they are looked after.
The ponies were also taken on a tour of the care home, visiting residents’ rooms to ensure everyone had the opportunity to meet and interact with the animals.
Fiona Wiederkehr, home manager at Darlington Court, said: “It was wonderful to see the smiles on everyone’s faces when the miniature ponies arrived at Darlington Court. They created rather a lot of excitement among the residents and Care UK team.
“Petting animals and being in their company has proven therapeutic benefits, particularly for those living with dementia, and you could see from the residents’ reactions just how engaged they were when given the opportunity to get so close to such lovely, affectionate animals.”
Situated on The Leas, off Station Road in Rustington, Darlington Court provides a range of care services for older people including residential, nursing and respite care, as well as specialist dementia and sensitive end of life care.