Chick Hatching at Cedarwood House Care Home
Earlier last month, at our East Sussex care home, Cedarwood House, we received a chick hatching kit from Incredible Eggs and a total of 5 eggs! the eggs came from our local farm, Valley View, and were partially incubated.
For several days, staff and residents waited eagerly for them to hatch. When the big day arrived, all of us fell instantly in love and were quick to choose names for our little chicks. We called them: Mushroom, Humbug, Pepsi, Guinness and Nugget.
The new life brought calm to some of our more unsettled residents, stimulating memories of caring and nurturing. Watching the chicks grow so rapidly was a different joy in itself, inspiring feelings of responsibility and accomplishment. It wasn’t long before we had a hutch built in the garden to house our hens and cockerels. And now we’re all looking forward to fresh organic eggs. We dare say, Jane, our resident cook, is the most excited of all, and has been inspecting the hutch to see where she needs to go for the egg collection when the time comes.
There are no shortage of research articles that highlight the benefits of animal assisted therapy for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown a marked decrease in feelings of sadness and anxiety, when elderly people in care took part in activities involving pets.
Meaningful activities are a fundamental part of day-to-day life at Cedars Care Group homes. They are vital for the wellbeing of seniors, and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Pet Therapy comes pretty high up on our list of spiritual and therapeutic activities with great benefits to residents. You can find out more about our Activities Here.