The residents at Rivendell View care home in Stoke Bardolph have welcomed the arrival of their new pet, Bluey the rabbit.
Bluey was adopted by the care home after his previous owner, the care home’s Care Manager, Cara Stockill, moved house and was unable to take Bluey with her.
One animal-loving resident, Joan Atkinson (aged 71), was so excited to have a pet that she has taken on the responsibility of ensuring that Bluey, who is a white rabbit with sparkling blue eyes, is well looked after.
Joan, who has looked after animals her entire life, said: “I adore animals, they are such good company and they are also very calming and soothing. I really enjoy taking care of Bluey, he’s such a lovely bunny and keeps us all entertained. I feed and clean him and he likes lots of cuddles.”
Rivendell View’s caretaker, Ashley Wortley, has built Bluey a hutch in the garden and he comes into the care home’s garden room to spend time with residents.
Cara Stockill, care manager at Rivendell View, said: “When we moved house, unfortunately, we couldn’t take Bluey with us but I knew that our residents were really keen to have a pet so I decided to donate him, and all his equipment, to the care home where I knew he would get lots of love and attention and our resident’s really enjoy spending time with him.”
Rivendell View, situated on Magenta Way in Stoke Bardolph, provides 24-hour residential and dementia care, offering high-quality personalised care on an inclusive fee basis.
It is one of Ideal Carehomes’ newest care homes in Nottingham which opened in June 2021 and has all the finishing touches residents would expect from a warm and welcoming home, with luxurious social spaces, attractive décor and freely accessible, secure, gardens.