New residents rule the roost in aged care home
The three Silkie chickens, rule the roost after having become a permanent fixture with their own room and plenty of willing carers.
St Marks Manager, Preeti Ronil, said the idea to install a chicken coop came from the daughter of resident Roy Mason.
“Ever since he was a child, Roy always had a chook pen and his daughter thought it would be a great idea for all the residents at St Marks,” Ms Ronil said.
“So, we purchased a chicken pen and three Silkie chickens and named it Roy’s Roost.”
Ms Ronil said Mr Mason was not the only one enjoying the chickens with many residents making a daily trip to visit.
“We haven’t had any eggs yet but I’m sure they won’t be far away; the competition is on to see which resident finds the first one.”
Mr Mason said he loved the new addition to St Marks.
“I have had chickens around my whole life, so it feels much more like home to me,” he said.
Animals play an important role in all of Wesley Mission Queensland’s aged care communities.
“It has long been recognised that having pets to care for is beneficial for people of all ages,” Ms Ronil said.
“They can offer great companionship and spontaneity and also give residents a purpose to their day.
“We really embrace animals as part of care philosophy, including pet birds, fish and dogs.
“Many residents have had pets all their lives, so we need to ensure that continues, even though they move into aged care.” ”
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