Barnstaple care home welcomes alpacas for special open day

Staff and residents at Oaklands Care homes were joined by mayor of Barnstaple Julie Hunt and Cadenza

Staff and residents at Oaklands Care homes were joined by mayor of Barnstaple Julie Hunt and Cadenza Alpacas. Picture: Matt Smart - Credit: Archant

The mayor of Barnstaple also joined residents and staff at Oaklands Care Home

Cadenza Alpacas were also able to greet the residents inside.

Cadenza Alpacas were also able to greet the residents inside. - Credit: Archant

Residents and staff at Oaklands Care Home in Barnstaple were joined by some four-legged friends and the town’s mayor for a special open day on Friday.

The care home welcomed Cadenza Alpacas, with residents, staff, family and friends all able to stroke and feed the animals.

Those who couldn’t make it outside were even able to take in the experience, with one alpaca going in to greet residents.

“They’ve gone down very well,” said John Hall, who owns the home with his wife Sonia.


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“We’ve had them here before, and for the residents who can’t get outside, they love it – they don’t often get to see huge animals like that in the lounge!”

“We are so proud of what we do here, so we wanted to show everyone what we do.

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“It’s a great way of getting lots of generations together and it’s also a way of teaching children to mix with mature people.

Mayor of Barnstaple, councillor Julie Hunt also visited the home, which cares for people over the age of 65 and those with dementia.

Mrs Hunt spent her previous term as mayor trying to get the town ‘dementia friendly’, and plans to showcase Oaklands’ work to guests from Harstad, Barnstaple’s twin town in Norway, when they visit later in the year.

She said: “There are some fantastic paces for dementia care in Barnstaple.

“When we visited Harstad, they really emphasised that people come to places such as this to enjoy their lives.

“When I came here I felt it was on the same par and I was amazed.”

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