Residents of Brooklands, Derry / Londonderry enjoyed a trip to the garden for fresh air and a relaxing stroll. We also received a visit from our favourite four-legged friend, Daisy! Daisy is a beloved and frequent visitor who playfully interacts and loves the cuddles and attention she receives. The calming nature of a pet has been seen to increase levels of Oxytocin and decreases the production of Cortisol. These positive health effects don’t stop at stress-relief, it is also believed that pet therapy can have a drastic effect on blood pressure. Thank you Daisy, not just for bringing a calming effect but for bringing smiles to Residents’ faces.
Resident Margaret, who simply loves her fresh new hair colour, smiles for a photograph.
We’ve had the recent addition of a large television to our activity equipment. With this, Activity Therapist Olivia, has implemented gentle seated exercise activities into the weekly programme. Residents have enjoyed watching health educational programmes, learning about physical health and its benefits on overall wellbeing. We have sourced online workshops from the website of ‘Age NI’ who teamed up with Dame Mary Peters to launch an exercise programme aimed specifically at keeping older people moving during the extended Covid-19 lockdown. “Move with Mary” is a series of five exercise videos. They cater for every level of capability, ranging from simple seated stretches, to balance, strength and gentle aerobic exercises. This has been received brilliantly in the Care Home.