Springhill residents stay relaxed thanks to visit from therapet

Animal-assisted therapy incorporates animals, such as horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and birds, into treatment plans.

Recent research has also demonstrated that the mere act of petting these animals can have exceptional benefits, including slowing heart rate, reducing blood pressure, calming nerves, regulating breathing and elevating mood.

These were exactly the benefits experienced by residents in Springhill Care Home when the petting zoo came to visit.

You can see residents Moira and Grant looking relaxed as they get to know their new furry friends.

Another picture shows John, who has long had a love of Clydesdales, being absolutely delighted to be introduced to this beautiful animal.