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Crufts’ Prize-Winning Pooches Bring a Taste of ‘Animal Magic’ to Worcestershire Care Home

A community of residents at Sanctuary Care’s Westmead Residential Care Home in Worcestershire were delighted to welcome Crufts’ top dogs for a paw-some afternoon of animal therapy.

The Best in Show stars were treated to belly rubs and cuddles galore, proving a hit with the residents, who in turn enjoyed the therapeutic qualities of their furry friends.

The four-legged surprise was organised by the team at Westmead Residential Care Home in Droitwich, which provides dementia, residential and respite care for older people. The team go above and beyond to enrich the lives of residents living in the home.

Kate Lockwood, Activities Leader at Westmead Residential Care Home, said:   “We have a number of residents who not only love Crufts but who also held their own dogs close to their hearts throughout their lives. It was so special to see the smiles our furry friends brought to the everyone’s faces as they reconnected with those feelings.

“While moving into our home is often the start of a new chapter, old interests and passions are still really important. Ensuring that all of our residents not only feel part of a special community but can continue to experience the things they love is just one of the ways in which we enrich the lives of our residents.”

For elderly people and those living with dementia, the unconditional love of a dog can relieve stress and bring joy and companionship. Research also suggests that animal therapy has the ability to boost our general health and well-being and improve our emotional, social, and cognitive abilities as we age.

Jane Mackay (85), who is a resident at the home, said:  “I’ve always loved watching the dogs being put through their paces at Crufts! Spending time with the dogs reminded me of my family’s dog – although the Crufts stars were much better behaved!  It was lovely to have a cuddle and watch them do their tricks, I hope they come back soon.!”

 Sanctuary Care, which has been delivering trusted care to older people for over 25 years, has a mission to enrich the lives of all their residents and their families.

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