Adorable penguins visit dementia patients at Lincoln care home

Three cheeky penguins waddled into a Lincoln care home as part of its dementia therapy on Tuesday afternoon. Residents and staff at Bernadette House care home were visited by Charlie (12), Pringle (6) and Groot (7 months) from Heythorp Zoological gardens in Oxfordshire. The excitement and happiness on the residents’ faces was clear to see as the penguins sat on their laps, wandered around with their trainer, and enjoyed fishy treats. Resident Barbara Lavington, 90, said it was a “lovely experience to be able to get as near to them as that” and Carol Sears, 76, added “I think they’re absolutely fantastic. It was just wonderful”. Care home owner Elizabeth Stephens said “We specialise in caring for people who live with dementia and animal therapy is very calming and therapeutic for them.”