Cute kittens and bonnie budgies have been used at a care home to help reduce loneliness and isolation.

A ‘pet therapy’ day was organised for the residents at Hendon Hall as an aide to help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The animals were brought into the care home by a pet therapy expert for a special alternative activity session.

“The joy these animals can bring is unparalleled,” care home manager Rakhee Popat said. “Our residents witnessed first-hand the warmth and love these furry friends radiate.

“It was a welcome alternative activity to take part in and we all revelled, staff and residents alike, in the connection and joy that only pets can provide.”

The care home, run by Signature at Hendon Hall in the converted Grade II-listed 18th century Hendon Manor, uses pet therapy, which studies show has a profound impact on mental and emotional wellbeing. The pets help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, slowing signs of cognitive decline.