Home manager Karen Curle says, “You could see from everyone’s reactions how happy they were to be visited by these lovely animals. Animal therapy is hugely beneficial – lifting a person’s mood, stimulating social interaction and providing a sense of calm. Buddy and Barney were brilliant at doing all of that!”
Christmas is a wonderful time to get singing, whether your taste is for carols or festive hits. Many of our homes have their own choirs, which perform for relatives as well as the general public.
Residents at Brook Court care home in Kidderminster starred in a dementia-friendly concert. Residents and colleagues have formed an intergenerational choir with children from Foley Park Primary Academy, and the choir gave their debut performance at the first dementia-friendly concert in Kidderminster Town Hall – treating a packed hall to festive favourites and timeless classics.
Colleagues and residents of Appleby House in Epsom sang at the town’s Ashley shopping centre and raised over £220 in one hour for the local Age Concern.
Not far away in Kingston, residents of Sherwood Grange even took part in a flash mob pop-up dance performance in the Bentalls shopping centre and had a fantastic time.
Action-packed in Aberdeen
Residents of Tor-Na-Dee near Aberdeen enjoyed a different Christmassy activity every day in the run up to the big day. They kicked things off by visiting the local garden centre to look at the lights and decorations. Residents enjoyed a Christmas party at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen, and welcomed the children of Milltimber School for an afternoon of Christmas carols. There was also a sensory nativity celebration, lots of live music, and the team found time to lay on some Christmas bingo.
Christmas parties in abundance
Residents at Harrier Lodge in Whitstable enjoyed plenty of live entertainment in the pre-Christmas excitement, including a Gospel choir and the Whitstable Oyster Singers. The team held a successful relatives’ Christmas party, with residents hosting a quiz. There was a visit from the superstar dogs of the Cuddle Club.