Renfrewshire care home residents delighted by visit of special alpaca guests

A care home staff member with Hamish and Harry the alpacas
Harry and Hamish reporting for duty! -Credit:Elderslie Care Home

Residents and staff at Elderslie care home in Renfrewshire had a delightful surprise recently when they received a visit from two charming and fluffy alpacas.

Hamish and Harry stole the show and put smiles on faces when they turned up for a wander.

Originating from Peru, alpacas are known for their soft fur and they certainly left an impression during their guided tour around the home.

As Hamish and Harry made their way through the corridors visiting the residents at the Fulbar Road facility, they were met with cheers, gasps, laughter and a few bemused faces.

Resident Rosemary Gibb was delighted by the visit of the lovable and curious creatures and beamed: “Aren’t they just amazing? They are just so lovely.”

Jacqueline Minghella, the wellbeing coordinator at the home, expressed her pleasure at witnessing the joy on the faces of every resident during the encounter. “What a memorable experience was had by all!,” she remarked.

The friendly alpacas made quite an impression
The friendly alpacas made quite an impression -Credit:Elderslie Care Home

Alex Kennedy echoed the sentiment by saying: “This is fantastic! They are just lovely.”

Elderslie care home manager Richard Murray shared in the excitement and noted that both staff and residents thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

“It was an absolute delight to see the reaction on the residents’ faces when they met the alpacas,” he said. “A day to remember.”

A care home resident has a close look at one of the alpacas
Hamish on the rounds -Credit:Elderslie Care Home

Even the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who happened to be visiting the home at the time, were taken aback by the unexpected visitors.

A spokesperson added: “It was such a lovely surprise and so nice to see such wonderful visitors to the care home. We couldn’t believe alpacas came to visit.”

A friendly greeting between a care home resident and an alpaca
A friendly greeting between a care home resident and an alpaca -Credit:Elderslie Care Home

The visit from Hamish and Harry brought a touch of joy and wonder to Elderslie care home.

And the pair created cherished memories that will be fondly recalled, the care home said, by everyone lucky enough to meet these curious creatures.

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