Dementia patients delighted by alpaca visit at care home

Fluffy alpaca Annie was a hit with residents at Parklands Care Home in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

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Visit: Fluffy alpaca Annie cheered up residents at an Alloa care home.

Dementia patients who live at a care home in Clackmannanshire have enjoyed a visit from an alpaca.

Fluffy alpaca Annie, aged one, went for a trek around Parklands Care Home in Alloa.

Annie, who stands five foot tall, proved a smash hit with OAPs who live at the 60-bed facility which includes specialist dementia care.

She met some residents in the lounge and also visited others at their bedroom doors on her first visit.

Animal assisted therapy has been shown to be beneficial in elderly care as physical contact encourages communication, can reduce stress and anxiety, and even improve motor skills and self-esteem.

Annie the Alpaca and staff member Clare Brisbane at Parklands Care Home in Alloa.SWNS via SWNS
Annie the Alpaca and staff member Clare Brisbane at Parklands Care Home in Alloa.

Annie was brought to the home by The Alpaca Trekking Centre in Stirling and will be back in 2022.

Angela Martin, care home manager of Parklands, run by Meallmore Ltd, said: “It’s not every day you get an alpaca wandering the corridors of our care home.

“We were all overjoyed to meet Annie and her visit made the atmosphere of the home just phenomenal.

“At Meallmore we’re committed to delivering exceptional standards of care and activities to our residents and this first visit from The Alpaca Trekking Centre is just one of the ways we enrich the lives of our residents.

“We can’t wait to welcome them back next year.”