Feathered friends cause flutters of excitement at Brendoncare homes

Written by: Alison Reijman Published: January 16, 2024

It has been a busy time in our care homes over Christmas and New Year. Of all the visitors who frequently come to meet our residents, their relatives and our colleagues, our feathered friends are always guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Three of our care homes were fortunate to have visits from our feathered friends over the Christmas and New Year. Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill and Brendoncare St Giles View welcomed two Humboldt penguins.



Groot and Pringle delighted Otterbourne Hill as they took a leisurely stroll through the care home to see the residents (pictured above). They also met the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh, Cllr Nick and Mrs Ann Couldrey.



Pringle then made a return visit, this time with his penguin pal Widget, to St Giles View. The polar pair enchanted everyone. They happily hopped into the lift to meet residents and colleagues in each of the households. Among the people they met was our own King Penguin, Bob King, pictured above. To everyone’s delight, they returned and popped into the hair salon for a bit of p-p-pampering afterwards!


Our sincerest thanks to Amazing Animals for facilitating these visits.

At Brendoncare Froxfield, residents and colleagues were thrilled to spend an afternoon in the company of Jason Ashcroft of Falconry UK.  He is one of their favourite visitors. He always brings along some of his beautiful, often rare feathered companions.  This time, he had seven extraordinary birds with him – three owls, two falcons, a kookaburra and a vulture, who revelled in the names of  Phoenix, Tito, Rocco, Tyson, Brooklyn, Bailey and Blu.


Quite by coincidence, Bailey, the white faced owl came face to face with his namesake, resident Diane Bailey, pictured above.

These visits from birds and animals have many beneficial effects on everyone’s wellbeing. Residents and colleagues can see them close up and whenever possible, cuddle them. This sensory stimulation is particularly beneficial for people living with dementia. Above all, they bring love and companionship, providing many magical memories, especially during these darker days of winter.