Penny & Chooky, The Hensioners

Clutha Views Lifecare are delighted to add two new members to their team – chickens, Penny and Chooky. After seeing a magazine article about “Hensioners”, where hens were used as therapy animals with particular benefits to residents showing signs of dementia, facility manager Rosemary Thomson put the wheels in motion to introduce feathery friends to their own dementia courtyard.

EN Denise Anderson took on the role of Chook Coordinator and planning began. As soon as Clutha View’s new hen house arrived on site feelers were put to the local community, and not long afterward the two chickens found their welcoming new home. They were quickly named by the dementia residents and have settled in very well.

Silkie chickens have a beautiful fluffy plumage which is said to feel like silk and satin and are known for their calm friendly temperament – a perfect fit for Clutha View’s needs. Penny, the
more outgoing of the pair, regularly comes inside to sit on the lap of one of the residents. Additionally, now the neighbour’s chickens also come to visit the courtyard often.

Residents and staff alike are thrilled at the way the hens have added a new dimension of activity to their courtyard, encouraging the giving and receiving of care and offering a real sense of purpose. A very warm welcome to the team Penny and Chooky!

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