Residents at Baptistcare's Yallambee Residential Care in Mundaring recently got up close and personal with a giant python and a collection of his scaly friends.
For many of the seniors it was a case of facing one of their worst fears when local reptile handler and educator, Brian Bush, came to the village to give a hands-on presentation with his beloved pets.
But the colourful character, who has spent much of his life dedicated to caring for and studying reptiles, soon put everyone at ease with his anecdotes and fascinating knowledge.
"At first some of our residents and staff were reluctant to touch the reptiles,” said Acting Manager Residential Care, Jodi Taylor.
“But as time went on curiosity won over and before long snakes and lizards were being stroked and handled with confidence.”
95 year old resident, Doris Field, said she was nervous about introducing herself to Yallambee’s giant python visitor.
“But Brian assured me the snake wouldn't hurt me and I ended up with it around my neck like a scarf which is something I never imagined doing.”
Ms Taylor said Baptistcare Yallambee regularly hosted interesting speakers as part of an ongoing program of informative, educational and fun activities for its residents.
“It keeps our residents motivated, interested in life and connected to their families and communities,” she said.
Baptistcare has more than 45 years’ experience providing care and residential living options for Western Australians in their senior years. It provides support and living choices designed to help people pursue their personal goals and passions, and live life to the full.