Residents of a Sunderland care home have a new best pal – Bailey the cockapoo.
The furry friend has moved in at Falstone Manor Care Home, in Roker.
He was originally meant to stay at the home, in Whitburn Road, for a few days.
But after residents and staff fell in love with him, it was decided he should stay with them permanently.
Caz Smith, Falstone Manor manager, said: “To see the delight on our residents’ faces when they greet Bailey every day is truly magical. He has brought so much joy to everyone and become firm friends with all.”
Residents at the home, which is run by company HC-One, enjoy taking Bailey for walks along the beach and in the park, and he can often be found in the home’s cinema room cuddled up with the residents to watch a movie.
Bailey loves the attention and received plenty of hugs and kisses from the residents at the home, which offers care to dementia patients.
The pooch goes home with Caz each night and comes back every day to spend the day with his new friends.
HC-One managing director, Glen Mason, said: “Falstone Manor’s latest resident sounds like he is doing a great job in bringing a smile to everyone. Being able to make such a positive impact like this is an important part of how HC-One provides the kindest care.”
Falstone Manor is also celebrating achieving a 9.7 – out of a possible 10 – average rating on the sector’s leading care home comparison website www.carehome.co.uk
The high rating puts the home into the very best company in the care home sector, committed to providing kind care to residents.