Pet therapy

Peg Rattray-Wood, 85, says hello to Stewart. (Pictures supplied)

Ewe know that lockdown has been baaaaad, so cheering up has been woolly important of late.

Arcare Point Lonsdale residents were given a pleasant surprise recently when a four-legged friend visited to spread some cheer.

Arcare Point Lonsdale recently started a lamb pet therapy program during lockdown, with personal support worker Belinda Cattani surprising the aged care community when she brought in her much-loved, three-week old lamb Stewart.

Despite being a big sheepish early, Stewart was a huge hit with the residents, providing comfort and love to many during lockdown.

“The visit was an enormous success, all our residents enjoyed Stewart’s presence immensely,” Arcare Point Lonsdale lifestyle assistant Jillian Williams said.

Jillian said Arcare encourages team members, when possible, to bring in their pets for pet therapy with the residents.

After the success of his first visit in August, Belinda and the Lifestyle team started work to make Stewart’s pet therapy visits an ongoing program.

Justin Flynn