On Friday 30 August, it may have been a grey and wet day outside but it was bright and happy inside at Peninsula Villages as residents were treated to a fun filled morning of Clydesdale horses and music.
Usually more at home pulling a cart or ploughing a field, the Clydesdale horses spent time trotting around the Village, greeting and brightening the day of the residents.
The wide-ranging benefits of companion animals in aged care facilities is well documented, so this initiative is further proof that Peninsula Villages is always striving to be a leading aged care provider.
CEO Shane Neaves said that the Clydesdale horses had visited the Village previously and were a huge hit once again.
“Studies show that animals are particularly therapeutic for our emotional health and that’s an important part of the holistic care that we offer here at Peninsula Villages,” said Shane.
“When our residents see these horses, I think it brings back a number of great memories for them – those who grew up in more rural parts of the country would probably have worked with Clydesdale horses.
“It could even simply be that they remember them pulling the milk cart up the driveway, as was the way of life.
“Clydesdale’s are such a gentle animal. It was fantastic to have them on site once again.”