Rivermead care home was full of animal mischief  when a group of alpacas came to visit the home.

Residents, at Rivermead in Norton, were pleasantly surprised to see their new furry friends roaming around their garden as Butterwick Alpaca Retreat paid a visit.

General Manager Sarah Jackson said: “Our residents have really enjoyed their unusual visitors today. We knew that having the farm here would be a bit of fun for all our residents, especially as some find it difficult to go on many outings in our minibus. We are always looking for new activities for the residents and today we have seen the seen the enjoyment and the therapeutic influence animals can have on people.”

Resident Margaret, was very excited by Butterwick’s Alpacas: “As a child I used to love all the animals on the nearby farm. Today was very enjoyable and it was wonderful that the animals were free to roam amongst us.”

Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active, and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.

Rivermead Care Home care home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering personalised care across its care homes and hospitals. Rivermead provides residential care, nursing care and dementia care for residents from respite care to long term stays.