Staff and residents at Appleby House had a special party and art exhibition to celebrate the home’s 10th anniversary on Saturday 25th February.
Residents have been working with activity coordinators to create works of art for the exhibition as well as preparing decorations for the big day.
Home Manager Jeni Rushton said: “The artwork is wonderful. The residents have been very creative and used different mediums to capture their favourite things. One resident has painted his childhood home; another man, who was a sailor, has painted ships and there are pictures of pets, flowers and loved ones. It really is a beautiful celebration of what our residents love.
“When people move into a home they fear they will lose all their hobbies and interests, as well as their friends and family. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our activities coordinators work with residents to find out what they enjoy and help them to carry on while others come to new hobbies.
“Some of our residents hadn’t painted since they were at school but they had a wonderful time with the canvas and have discovered a new pastime. We also encourage friends and families to visit and they are always a big part of our celebrations.”
As well as the art show, the residents and their relatives joined staff for a party with local entertainer Karen Frances who performed favourite songs for everyone to sing-along to. As well as a buffet prepared by the home’s kitchen team there was also a birthday cake.
Jeni said: “Everyone at Appleby House has worked very hard at making this every resident’s home. We encourage all our residents to take an active part in the day-to-day life of the home because it helps them to keep up their life skills and gives them the sense of peace and control they would have had before joining us.”