ELDERLY residents from Clumber House Nursing Home in Poynton were visited by some exotic guests including snakes, spiders, tarantulas, cockroaches, snails and Marv the giant millipede.
The visitors formed part of an ‘animal therapy workshop’ run by ZooLab during which residents could handle a range of exotic creatures from across the world.
ZooLab, which ran the workshop, provides animal-assisted therapy to care homes. They believe that animal therapy aids the mindset and enables communication for people living with dementia, helping to induce positive memories.
Members of staff were a little nervous at the thought of holding some of the crawling creatures, but residents were delighted and showed no fear when holding the snake and giant cockroach.
Nursing home manager Catherine Mintoff says: “Our Activities Co-ordinator, Leanne Johnston, likes to share new and exciting experiences with the residents. The insects and reptiles proved very popular and we were amazed at how comfortable the residents were with the creatures – even holding the giant cockroach!”