Shrewsbury care home welcomes exotic visitors

A 'mobile zoo' has made an appearance at a care home in Shrewsbury where residents were encouraged to interact with exotic animals as part of an unusual therapy session.

Barleyfield House in Monkmoor, run by Coverage Care Services, welcomed the Shropshire-based Exotic Zoo for an afternoon of animal interaction.

Animals such as meerkats, spiders, scorpions, a baby skunk and jumping frogs were all in attendance, along with Exotic Zoo owner Scott Adams overseeing the interactive tuition. During the session staff and residents were given the chance to stroke or hold the animals while also learning about the origin of each creature and what they like to eat.

Barleyfields manager, Patricia Owen, said: “It was a fantastic afternoon for all involved. Animal therapy is known to help towards psychological health and social well-being, and Scott's session was no exception. The residents here at Barleyfields thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the different creatures brought in by Exotic Zoo, while finding out all about them too.”

The organisation visits schools and care homes as well as holding parties, education shows and larger animal displays for corporate events throughout the country. It's newly opened Educational Centre on Bradley Road Industrial Estate, in Telford, is dedicated to offering the community a range of animal and environmental education and skills services.

Barleyfield House is a learning disability respite home providing short term care for adults in a relaxing environment, providing activities that are personalised and tailored towards individual needs.


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