The new four-legged resident at this Carnoustie care home

Published

17th December 2019

Balhousie Brookfield care home in Carnoustie has a very special resident – a four-legged one.

Cocker spaniel Penny is loved by staff and fellow Brookfield residents, takes part in the activities, and even has her own care plan.

Penny, a golden Cocker, was left an orphan in August this year when her owner - who kept Penny at the home - passed away. When no family members came forward to take care of her, a vote was put out to staff and residents to see if they wanted to adopt her. The unanimous response? Yes please!

Penny is not just a pal to residents, she’s the talk of Carnoustie. Regular visitors to the home seek her out and take her for a walk in the grounds for a treat (both for her and for them).

Like all the other residents at Brookfield, Penny has her own care plan. Her food and exercise needs, and veterinary visits, are logged in the care home system which staff can access from hand-held portable devices. Every time she’s fed or walked, staff check it off on their device. “We treat her like any of our other residents and make sure her needs are taken care of,” says Home Manager Sarah-Jane Patterson.

The home and the local community have been taking contributions to help with her upkeep, including a £200 crowdfunding drive to pay for vet visits.

Says Sarah-Jane, who will help Penny distribute Christmas gifts to the residents this week: “Penny spreads cheer among all of us, and we’re particularly excited about her first Christmas with us. She really is a joy to have around. The response from visitors and the community has been superb. One taxi driver even donated his fares to her cause, that’s how much she’s loved.”

However, there’s one thing this pup is in need of – and is hoping Santa (in the form of a dog groomer) might help deliver: a haircut. “She could really do with a visit to the groomer, so if Santa is listening, maybe he can make Penny’s Christmas wish come true,” says Sarah-Jane.

For further information contact:

Gillian Drummond on gillian.drummond@balhousiecare.co.uk  Tel: 01738 254254 or 07365 284994

Balhousie Care Group

Balhousie Care homes provide residents with a happy, friendly, safe and caring environment coupled with an exceedingly high level of accommodation.

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