Nursing Home Week at Wooly Ward’s Farm

‘Wooly Farm brings joy to local nursing home residents’

The Wooly Mobile Farm has been engaging with nursing homes over the past six years. The farm visits residents with a wide range of animals. Among those who regularly visit nursing homes are small furries, poultry, and larger farm animals such as pigs, sheep, goats, and llamas.

How does it work?

Wooly Farm sets up in the nursing home residents’ day room to facilitate the petting as well as grooming of the smaller animals. The bigger animals are brought in at the end of the event to meet everyone.

Many nursing home residents are from farming backgrounds and visits from the animals facilitates reminiscing about their time spent on their family farms. Other residents simply entertain a huge love of animals, and have many stories to regale everyone with. For residents with Alzheimer’s, the animals bring joyful reactions, with sensory contact evoking a positive reaction. Residents find it very therapeutic and enjoyable to pet and hold the bunnies and chicks. Additionally, nursing homes are very proactive in engaging with Wooly Farm, and specialise in facilitating the experience the visit of the farm can bring to residents.

A recent visit to New Park Nursing Home, The Ward, proved to be a great success. Christine, the activities coordinator, quoted in her Facebook message

“Lovely staff and adorable animals. This year we got to meet 3 week old chicks, 10 day old lambs, and month old bunnies. Needless to say everyone had a ball petting, cuddling, and learning about these lovely animals.”

One of the many advantages of having the mobile visit in Nursing Homes is that it can generate excitement amongst the youth and elderly alike. Nursing homes invite residents relatives for the Farm’s visit. Grandchildren and grandparents enjoy wonderful interaction with each other and the animals, and create special memories. The pet therapy is effective as it brings people of all ages together, and memories of the visits are fun and ever-lasting.

Animal Fostering Initiative

A new initiative has been set up between Riverside Nursing Home, St. Margaret’s, and Wooly Farm. Riverside is home to 50 residents and they had a small unused paddock on their grounds. Wooly Farm set them up with sheep and lambs to graze and a coop with hens. Wooly Wards endeavour to bring a sense of rural life to the doorstep of nursing homes and their residents, reinforcing the strong sense of Riverside being their home. The residents will also be taking care of the hens, and undertake regular checks for eggs as part of Riverside’s wellbeing programme.

Nursing Homes Week 2017

To coincide with Nursing Homes Week 2017, Wooly Farm will be visiting lots of nursing homes in Dublin and the north-east. The farm will be bringing a menagerie to visit nursing homes, and residents can expect; rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, ducks, lambs, goats & pigs among the offerings.

Darling buds of May

Hello all!

Scary Mary here…

Summer has officially arrived and we’ve all been busy bees here at Wooly Farm. J

The month of May is full of frolic and fun, it is a great month for communion visits. I love to see the girls and boys in all their finery.

There is so much to look forward to in these (hopefully) sunny months ahead. The farm is bustling as usual, and bursting with new life! We are delighted to announce that we have so many new and amazing animals to share with you.

It’s chick season at Wooly Farm and we have more chicks than we can count! Lots of mother hens are still sitting on their clutches as well and we can’t wait for them to hatch J Speaking of chicks; I have to mention the little ones that have hatched from the two incubators we installed in Hedley Park in Merrion Square and Playhouse Montessori in Skerries.  A huge thanks to all the children that have helped mind our little chicks!

We are so proud to announce the addition of five unbelievably adorable pet lambs, including my favourite Ruby; who is keeping our staff extra busy with feeding 4 times a day! We also have the happy addition of piglets Kevin and Peppa; who at just 5 weeks old have started to attend events and they’re taking to it like ducks to water! They were at the Carlton Hotel at the weekend, and will be there again on Saturday for all the communion boys and girls to see!

Our 16 week old Pygmy goats have become very friendly, thanks to their daily walks with the Animal Care team. They make quite a cute sight with their red collars and leads on!

I am also delighted to announce that we had our biannual Vet Inspection and passed with flying colours. This inspection is an extremely important occasion on the farm as all our animals need to be in top health in order to visit you guys! Thanks to O’Scannail Vets for checking our animals, and also to our Animal Care team who, as always, take such amazing care to ensure our team are in ship shape!

That’s all for now my lovelies, talk soon!

Lots of love,

Scary Mary.