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Colinton care home takes a walk on the wild side

Added on: 7th February, 2018 by Victoria_29707

Colinton care home takes a walk on the wild side

Last Updated:
Wed, 7 February 2018

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Residents at a care home in Colinton took a walk on the wild side when they were given the opportunity to get up close with some furry new friends.

The Care UK team at Cairdean House on Redford Road invited two alpacas, Amadeus and Calvin from BobCat Alpacas in Bonaly, Edinburgh, to lead a ‘meet and greet’ with residents.

The alpacas took a tour of the home and gardens, and residents were encouraged to pet and interact with them. As part of the visit, residents also learned about the history and characterisation of Alpacas, as well as a host of interesting facts.

Gillian Goodall, home manager at Cairdean House, said: “We are always looking to plan interesting and exciting activities for residents and, as so many have a keen interest in nature and wildlife, we invited BobCat Alpacas along to provide a fun afternoon with the furry duo.

“It proved to be a real success, and you could see from residents’ reactions just how much they enjoyed interacting with Amadeus and Calvin. Not only did the workshop fit really well with our ‘activity based care’ approach here at Cairdean House, it was also fantastic to see the smiles on everyone’s faces, especially as it can have real therapeutic benefits for residents – particularly those living with dementia.”

Cairdean House provides a range of services from residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, to short term respite and sensitive end of life care.

For more information, please call home manager, Gillian Goodall, on 0131 516 3605, or email

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