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Feathered friends wanted for Woburn Home

Feathered friends wanted for Woburn Home

Woburn Home resident Julie Manihera with Boots the cat.

Residents of Enliven’s Woburn Home are looking for feathered friends to join their home.

The inclusion of pets is a unique and welcomed aspect of the Lower Hutt home which already has two resident cats, fish, and dogs which visit regularly.

Woburn Home clinical coordinator Ruth Portland says animals are beneficial to home for many reasons, including providing residents with companions that they can care for, cuddle and nurture.

“We have animal interaction whenever we can because we believe it truly makes a difference to the lives of our elders,” says Ruth.

“Having contact with plants, animals and children is one of the principles of our philosophy of care, the Eden Alternative.”

Ruth says staff see the effects animals have at the home daily, including giving residents more companionship, purpose and meaningful activity, and cheering up residents that aren’t feeling well.

“We’ve found that our cats are rather attuned to how residents are feeling, especially if someone needs extra affection,” Ruth explains.

“If a resident is sick the cats will often sit with them. It’s a lovely form of comfort for the residents.”

Woburn Home recreation officer Samantha Murdoch says residents recently said they would like the home to get birds.

“We want to get a few birds for the home because we have residents who have had birds in the past and they would like to have birds at home again,” Samantha explains.

Woburn Home resident Julie Manihera, who has lived at Woburn Home since July this year, says she has put her hand up to help look after the home’s new birds when they arrive.

“I love animals, and it’s really good that they like them here, too.”

Woburn Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home, hospital, and dementia care as well as respite, health recovery and a popular day guest programme.

Wainuiomata residents interested in donating a cage, birds or supplies can contact Enliven by calling 0508 TO HELP or calling the home directly on 04 569 6400.

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