Henpower at Parkfield
Parkfield House Nursing Home in Uxbridge, became one of the 40 homes across the UK to be part of project HenPower. This innovative project was created from the Equal Arts Charity, with their aim being ‘henergising older people’s lives’. The Charity created the idea from a 12-month study by Northumbria University in 2012-13. Results from the study revealed that hen-keeping improved not only the health and well-being of older people, but reduced depression and loneliness in care homes. (reference https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/28/hen-keeping-therapy-older-people)
Home Manager at Parkfield House, Wendy Bristow, was delighted to be part of the project, she said “Our aim at Parkfield is to ensure the lives of our residents are fulfilled and they experience new things as often as possible, so we were extremely excited to be part of the HenPower project. The residents can’t wait to meet all the hens, get out in the garden and start caring for them.”
On Friday 28th July, the hens finally arrived at Parkfield House. Residents Gerda and Robert both kept chickens as children, so their knowledge of the hens was sure to come in handy and they couldn’t wait to get stuck in. ViJay, a member of the HenPower team took his time to visit all the residents and introduce them to their new feathered friends. The four hens, now fondly named; Pip, Matilda, Hennie & Clara are the latest feathered residents of Parkfield House.
The excitement across the home was evident, and the HenPower team will visit regularly to see how they are all getting on. The progress of the hens will be updated on the official Parkfield House website and the social media pages.