Hatfield care home's residents handle creepy-crawlies

PUBLISHED: 13:56 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 24 May 2017

Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home resident Heather Price

Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home resident Heather Price


Residents at a Hatfield care home enjoyed a visit from an unusual collection of animals.

Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Tamblin Way hosted an animal-handling assisted therapy session, which saw them welcome visitors of the leaping, eight-legged and scaled variety.

Getting up close, residents and the team held and stroked giant snails, snacks, millipedes and many more fascinating creatures and critters from ZooLab – a provider of live animal-handling workshops.

A trained ranger from the group was also on hand throughout the session to answer any of the residents’ bug-related questions and share interesting facts.

Resident Heather Price, 91, said: “It was just so lovely to have all the different animals come and visit – I hope we see them again soon.”

Activities assistant at the Sanctuary Care-run home, Kayleigh, added: “Animal-assisted therapy is so important to our residents and it’s something they thoroughly enjoy.

“They genuinely love to see all the different creatures come and visit, especially as for some it’s the first time that they’ve held some of these animals.

“It really is heartwarming to see the residents’ faces light up and they find stroking and handling any animals extremely therapeutic.”

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