We call our approach to activities and experiences ‘Meaningful Lifestyles’. It’s all about enabling people to live each day in the way they choose, so that they’re happy, and feel secure and valued. Throughout the summer, Care UK residents have been busy enjoying the sunshine, making new friends and taking part in events and trips.
The only day is Essex
Colleagues and residents from our ten homes in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire got together at Silversprings in Thorrington for ‘Essex Day’. Themed around the 1969 Woodstock festival, the day saw attendees dress in hippy fancy dress and get competitive with games, a football match, dancing and a themed art session. Congratulations go to Frank, a 101-year-old resident of Snowdrop House in Ware, who took one of the football penalties and scored!
Enjoying a change of scene
Residents have been making hay while the sun shines in the warm weather at Scarlet House in Stroud. As well as enjoying art sessions with children from a local nursery and from Wycliffe College, residents have enjoyed a fantastic day out at the Orchard Trust, a sensory-based centre in the Forest of Dean, which has an activity park, smallholding and sensory room.
Every week the children from Pooles Park Primary School in Finsbury Park visit the residents at Lennox House in Islington. Recently, the generations got together to plan and create a large artwork for Care Home Open Day in June. Everyone enjoyed rolling up their sleeves and dipping their hands in paint to create the piece, but one of the best parts was chatting through ideas and sharing stories.
Planning a surprise for Meg
Colleagues at Broadwater Lodge near Godalming know that resident Meg is a big fan of actor, Dame Penelope Keith. Meg loves watching To The Manor Born and The Good Life, and does a good Margo Leadbetter impression!
Recently, when Meg was watching an episode, she felt a tap on her shoulder and turned around to see the star smiling at her. Coming face to face with her favourite actor left Meg, who was in the theatre in her younger years, a little speechless. She soon recovered and was delighted to chat to Dame Penelope, who was a great sport. As the song says, there ain’t nothin’ like a dame!