Thornton Hill care home in Craven has introduced a new way to bring a smile to the faces of older people and improve their wellbeing.

Staff at Anchor’s Thornton Hill care home on Church Road have called upon the services of KL Pony Therapy and their pony Monet to brighten the day of the older people living there.

KL Pony Therapy visited the residents this week and it didn’t take him long to gain a few admirers.

Thornton Hill Manager Debbie Marples said: “The residents absolutely adore Monet and got so much enjoyment from patting him and talking to Katy about what it’s like to look after him.

“Studies have shown that the health of residents improves when they interact with animals which they can stroke. We found the residents living with dementia were particularly responsive to Monet.

“Some older people open up more when seeing animals than they feel they can with people and Monet certainly helped start conversations here.

“Thornton Hill is such a friendly home and there are always lots of things going on. Everyone has had a lovely day, including Monet it would seem!”

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