HOGGING THE ATTENTION: Jocelyn Snape gets a cuddle from April Lee the piglet during a surprise visit by Old MacDonald's Travelling Farm to TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence.
HOGGING THE ATTENTION: Jocelyn Snape gets a cuddle from April Lee the piglet during a surprise visit by Old MacDonald's Travelling Farm to TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence. Warren Lynam

Meet the little piglet changing lives one oink at a time

LIFE is anything but a 'boar' at TriCare Aged Care in Kawana, as residents were treated to a stopover from a very special and somewhat noisy guest, April Lee the piglet.

Lifestyle coordinator Naomi Joli said the visit from Old Macdonald's Travelling Farm is a monthly highlight for residents.

"Some of the guests who barely leave their room will always come out for the animals," she said.

 

April Lee the piglet makes a surprise visit to the residents of TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence. The animals from Old MacDonald's Farm provide therapy and positive memories to the elderly.
April Lee the piglet makes a surprise visit to the residents of TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence. The animals from Old MacDonald's Farm provide therapy and positive memories to the elderly. Warren Lynam

Pet therapy is used by the facility to help maintain both physical and mental health for residents. Mrs Joli said it could help reduce stress, loneliness and blood pressure. The remedy is also proven to release mood-enhancing endorphins.

During her hour-long visit April Lee got up to all kinds of mischief.

 

April Lee the piglet makes a surprise visit to the residents of TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence. The animals from Old MacDonald's Farm provide therapy and positive memories to the elderly.Jocelyn Snape gets a cuddle from April Lee
April Lee the piglet makes a surprise visit to the residents of TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care Residence. The animals from Old MacDonald's Farm provide therapy and positive memories to the elderly.Jocelyn Snape gets a cuddle from April Lee Warren Lynam

She made the rounds throughout the village getting up close and personal and bringing smiles to more than 20 residents.

Farm franchisor Ann Richardson said the visits from animals often brought the elderly a sense of homeliness and comfort.

"We visit a lot of nursing homes because often in their years they often lived on farms or even in their own homes they had chickens and goats. When we visit it's nostalgia of their youth and they really look forward to it," Mrs Richardson said.



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