Pony Party puts Smiles on Residents’ Faces

People living in St Joseph’s residential home enjoyed a visit from some special guests – Lollipop and Tinkerbelle, two Shetland ponies.

The adorable duo visited the care home in Coleshill for Hallowe’en, and even came dressed up! Accompanied by their handlers, they stayed for a couple of hours to meet residents and offer some equine companionship.

The men and women living at the home were clearly delighted by their visitors – there were smiles all round as they petted and stroked the pair, and even fed them some treats.
Provided by Lollipop Pony Parties, the miniature ponies offer therapeutic benefits to people of all ages, particularly older people and those living with dementia. With their gentle, friendly nature, and a love of being the centre of attention, they offered a calming, nurturing experience to residents. Lollipop and Tinkerbelle behaved beautifully throughout their visit, enjoying being fussed over and petted.

St Joseph’s residential home in Coleshill is run by Father Hudson’s Care and offers personalised care and support in a homely, welcoming environment overlooking the Warwickshire countryside. Specialising in caring for people with dementia, St Joseph’s tailors its support to meet the needs and wishes of each person living there. It puts on regular activities for residents to take part in as they wish. The visit from Lollipop Pony Parties is part of a programme of entertainment and activities which includes singers, musicians, flower arranging, day trips and much more.

To find out more about the care provided by St Joseph’s, visit www.fatherhudsons.org.uk or call 01675 434500.

By Helen McCarroll,
Father Hudson’s Care