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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:12 pm 
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I was recently reading an article and came upon this subject.

I work in the health industry and often have dementia or clients with mental health issues. I have found that the memory of childhood is clear and meeting new clients who are giving most staff issues with violent or unhappy behaviour need to be returned to their childhood. So..

My conversation generally starts so did you ever have animals as a little boy/girl? What did you have? Did you live on a farm?
Those dull eyes light up as they go back to the childhood memories and sitting with their hens chicks etc.

It calms them down and as the conversation continues I pull out my phone and introduce them to my mob. The conversation will go for hours and they become compliant..

So if you ever find yourselves in the unfortunate position with relatives give them a hen and wait for the purr. It's harmony and they are so happy.

the UK has plenty of chook info for this topic if anyone is interested.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:23 pm 
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It's true. Gardening is the same too. I think Polish hens would be so cool for that sort of work. To take them to the aged care home.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 4:00 pm 
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I have also done the chook therapy with older people in nursing homes. Reminiscing is a valuable tool for staff and residents. Several years ago I set up an incubator and did the hatching thing. Lots of the ressies would enjoy taking their young visitors to see the chicks and talk about their experiences. Especially those with Dementia who still had a long term memory despite the breakdown of their short term memory. One man with severe dementia and challenging behaviours could often be diverted with a gardening magazine.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:16 pm 
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What a great thread :)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:46 am 
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One of my first pure bred purchases, a buff Orpington, ended up a cockerel, and at that stage I was not set up/ready for a rooster (Suburbia so no crowing allowed...apparently.). I gave him to a lady on a farm that did animal therapies in aged care facilities.

I have a picture somewhere of Mango (the orp), in a chook nappy walking up the hall way of a hospital, and the lady had a duck, and lamb in a trolley.




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:01 pm 
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See the attached article from our local paper.


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