Alpacas due to visit home in July

Alpacas due to visit home in July

Animal Therapy is a key focus for Nazareth Lodge and in addition to being home to chickens and our puppy Lucky, we are looking forward to a visit in July from some delightful alpacas.

Animal-assisted therapy improves patients’ mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. Depending on the needs of the patient, many different animals can be used in therapy, including alpacas, dogs, sheep, rabbits and other animals.

Animal-assisted therapy takes place individually or in groups, and is led by a qualified therapist or professional with specialized expertise.

Therapeutic experiences can include walking, petting and caring for an animal, as well as processing the experience of trying to achieve a given task.

It is well documented that holding and stroking animals can reduce blood pressure, lower pulse rates and alleviate feelings of tension and anxiety.

Animals offer attention and unconditional acceptance. They are responsive, live in the ‘here and now’ and don’t mind who you are or what you look like.

They are usually direct and honest and unlike humans, they are non-judgemental and don’t confuse through verbal communications. So are ideal for working with people who find themselves confused or threatened by human relations, many clients feel safer and less threatened around animals.

Apart from all of the wellbeing benefits it is a great chance for residents and staff to interact with an animal they may have never met before.

Added: 5th February 2019

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Care Chef 2014 award - the judges chose Suzie because she demonstrated a clear passion for flavours in every course of her meal. They felt her dishes were an honest reflection of the expertise currently enjoyed by the care sector

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Nazareth Lodge encourages a wide range of activities and outings - although my mother seemed to spend most of her time getting her hair done and having massages!

TC, Relative

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To know that mum spent her last few days/weeks surrounded by your care and kindness, as well as professionalism, gives me a huge sense of relief and peace. Thank you for everything.

LM, daughter

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I have spoken with my brother and sister and it goes almost without saying that we are extremely grateful to all the staff at Nazareth Lodge for the way in which they looked after our mother. We are not surprised by the award of an outstanding classification and no doubt a lot was due to the standard of care provided by the staff. 

Mr W, Relative

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Our sincere thanks to both you and every single member of your staff for the exceptional level of care and kindness which was always shown to my mother.

Mrs T, Daughter

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Nazareth Lodge is a Care Home in the true sense of the word. Not just for my parents but for me too. You all show such love and affection and concern.

DM, daughter

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Although mum had little interest in food, it is right that even she recognised the excellent quality and diversity of food provided

Mrs T, Daughter

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As a family we all know that everything after my father's death was handled brilliantly even down to a 'guard of honour' as his body left Nazareth Lodge.

JB, Son

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I would like to pay tribute to all your colleagues who devoted time and kindness in meeting Dad's needs and making him feel at home and always comfortable.

Mr K, Relative

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When we first visited it seemed more like arriving at a small hotel or private house with the warmth of the welcome and reassurance this provided

Mr S D, Son

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Our friend has been a resident at Nazareth Lodge for over 2 years. We visit her regularly. During that time, we have been totally satisfied with the level of care she has received. The staff are very attentive and the food is good. Her room is modern and cleaned regularly. She is very contented and feels at home. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nazareth Lodge to others, as we have done in the past.

PW, Friend of Resident

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I am kept informed of my mother's health and what she has been doing and when I visit I always feel welcome and as cared for as her. It is a joy to go to Nazareth Lodge which makes a huge difference to us all. As a family, we are extremely happy with the care and attention my mother gets and it is wonderful that she is very content and we know she is safe and being well looked after.

HS, Daughter

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There is a lot of laughter there

JW, Volunteer Visitor

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Everyone has a friendly, caring approach and there is nothing that is too much trouble

MB, Respite Guest

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I have to thank you especially for the care and support you all gave my father in his last few days. I have related stories to friends with elderly parents that your night staff for instance were singing with him during the long hours of darkness. They couldn't believe it.

JB, Son

Contact Us

Nazareth Lodge
Penny Street
Sturminster Newton
Dorset, DT10 1DE

01258 472511

care@nazareth-lodge.co.uk

manager@nazareth-lodge.co.uk