How ducks are helping care home residents with their mental health

Residents at Menzieshill have helped look after ducks since the pandemic and said it was 'lovely' to watch them learn and grow.

Care home residents in Dundee have helped raise ducklings as part of a project to boost their mental health.

Staff at Menzieshill House bought duck eggs for service users to raise following the coronavirus pandemic.

They helped keep the eggs warm until they hatched, fed the ducklings and watched them learn how to walk and swim before they were rehomed at a nearby farm.

Michael Murphy, activity co-ordinator at the care home, said staff had seen a huge change in the mood and wellbeing of residents.

He told STV News: “The comments coming from the residents saying it’s really cheered them up, and mentally as well its brightened them up.

“People with different care needs and the difference from them with mobility and encouraging people to come out their rooms and mixing together again. It just brought a big happiness towards everyone and in the environment.”

While the ducks have now flown the nest, residents still get regular updates about their feathered friends and seeing them again brought back many happy memories.

Care home resident Janice said: “I was so excited when I saw the eggs and watching them peck their way out and watching them progress from the small cage to a bigger cage.

“Then they went to the paddling pool and learned to walk, swim and dive.

“I felt happy. It was good for the nursery school children who got to play with them.”

Another resident, Zena said: “They are lovely animals. It was lovely getting out in the air and seeing them.”

“It was very exciting. They were different every day. They’re interesting to watch. It has cheered me up,” Helen added.

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