Dementia Day – stables open day for people with dementia
Stables Open Day for people with Dementia: Thursday 25 April
Calvert Trust Exmoor is inviting local people with dementia and their carers to come along to our centre at Wistlandpound Reservoir on Thursday 25 April 2019 to meet and spend time with our horses.
Horse therapy is a well-established intervention and already enjoyed by more than 4,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who visit the Trust each year.
At the Stables Open Day, people with dementia or memory loss and their carers will be able to watch the horses ‘playing’ in the indoor arena and chat to the stable staff and then get up close to touch and stroke the horses if they wish – the perfect opportunity for photographs. Refreshments will be available and are included.
The guests who come to us have a wide range of disabilities, and we’ve seen how well they respond to our horses – the animals are very good at engaging with and calming people, and this can bring big behavioural improvements. Some of our visitors strike up a real bond with a particular horse and it’s a very touching thing to see.
The Open Day will allow more local people to benefit from this therapy, and if it’s a success we’ll hold them regularly throughout the year. We think it’ll be good for carers as well as patients – caring for a loved one with dementia is hugely demanding and being with horses is the perfect way to de-stress.
The Open Day will consist of two sessions, from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm.
The morning session will be free to attend and will feature in a news piece by BBC Spotlight, the regional news programme for the South West of England, who will be visiting with a camera crew.
The cost for two people (guest and carer) in the afternoon session is £15.
Booking is essential. For more information and to book places on a session, please call 01598 763221.