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Therapy chickens visit Geneva senior living facility

A bantam therapy chicken visits residents and workers at GreenFields senior living community in Geneva last week from the flock of Charles Moritz of St. Charles.
A bantam therapy chicken visits residents and workers at GreenFields senior living community in Geneva last week from the flock of Charles Moritz of St. Charles.

GENEVA – Residents and guests of GreenFields senior living community in Geneva had some special visitors last week.

According to a news release, St. Charles resident Charles Moritz brought his bantam chickens to the facility to mingle with the residents of Reflections Memory Support, Willows Assisted Living and Briarwood Healthcare Rehabilitation, who got to hold and pet the animals. The chickens were washed and had their nails clipped prior to the visit, the release stated.

"Therapy chickens are ‘a thing,'" stated Julie Jug, life enrichment manager at Greenfields. "The birds, which are by nature docile and enjoy being stroked and interacting with humans, can positively impact isolation, anxiety, and depression."

She added that some facility residents may have grown up around chickens, and this brought back happy memories.

Jug reported that the event was precisely what it was cracked up to be.

“Everyone had a great time,” she stated. “We really enjoy introducing our residents to new and innovative experiences, and this visit by the chickens was something to crow about.”

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