Special needs, Care homes and Animal therapy sessions

Animal therapy in care homes is becoming more and more popular. Studies show how beneficial animal interaction can be on people of all ages. 

However, bringing their own animals into a care home is not always possible and inviting Our Animal World can resolve the issue. We bring some of our animals into care homes as well as SEN schools, nurseries, or can arrange animal therapy sessions. Animal therapy in care homes started out with household pets such as cats and dogs. Now the therapy also includes more exotic animals such as snakes, rabbits, bearded dragons and birds. The interaction with different creatures helps stimulate the residents’ brains. It helps to keep residents mentally active and engaged. Animals therapy brings people together. The therapy helps people cope with adverse situations, to settle and comfort people. Studies show that animal-assisted therapy helps to combat depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, loneliness, autism and PTSD. Michele Morrison in 2007 covered some of these in her study called ‘health benefits of animal-assisted interventions'. Animal therapy in care homes was also shown specifically to decrease the agitated behaviours of residents who have dementia. Therapy increases residents social interactions as it helps to remember and talk about past pets and animal experiences.

Our services are fully insured and we carry DBS certificates. Animal Activity Licence- NUMBER LN/000000957 – Issued by Mid Suffolk District Council – VALID 23 March 2022- 23 March 2025

We also offer a risk assessment if required. If you have any questions about booking a visit, please get in touch with us by completing an enquiry form. You can also send an email to info@ouranimalworld.com or call on 07519 340788

We have been in the news for our work in care homes - take a look at the article

Suffolk care home residents get visit from scaly and furry friends

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we have a variety of animals to choose from which you are able to choose to attend. Please note that some are better suited to older children or are visual only. In these cases if you select them, we will confirm with you and if you would still like them then we can arrange this. If not, we will suggest other animals that might be better suited.

We travel up to an hour from IP13.

So we can have up to 30 children, but always suggest about 15. Just be aware that the more children there are, the more the children have to wait around and possibly get bored.

So with under 8s we suggest no more than 1 hour. We do have added extras such as Curiosity Corner or a crafts activity which can be added on as a more active 30mins at the end.

Curiosity Corner is a table full of feathers, reptile sheds (ie. snakes and lizards), insects in resin, fossils and more to be explored in a hands on way with magnifying glasses and microscopes.

Yes we will ask if there are animals that you wish not to attend due to phobias etc and will ensure that animal does not come.

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