Goats, sheep, chickens and donkeys were among the farm animals visiting Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet last week. Residents, relatives and staff from the three homes, Lady Sarah Cohen House, The Kun Mor & George Kiss Home and Rosetrees enjoyed stroking the animals from ARK mobile-farm, patting the friendly Labradors and feeding apples to goats, whilst ducks and geese splashed about in the bird bath.
Lady Sarah Cohen House resident, Stella Shupick, 99, said, “I think the animals are fantastic, I could spend hours out here with them. It’s been a busy day, first I had my hair done, then I played bridge and now I’ve met these lovely animals.”
After the visit, Alison Prior, Manager at Jewish Care Rosetrees home, said, ““We know connecting with animals can be a therapeutic, positive experience for older people and it was an enjoyable afternoon for residents, relatives and staff. The ARK Farm animals were calm, friendly and well-behaved and happily the sun shone for their visit.”