Aug 07, 2013
Residents at Larkland House, a residential care home for older people run by Care UK, are set to enjoy a round the world trip from the comfort of their own home thanks to a brand new programme of themed parties.
Once a month, residents will be given the opportunity to learn all about the culture, food and national dress from a specific country. Each party is planned by a different member of the team – some of whom were born in other countries or have relatives who live there.
The most recent party was run by one of the carers at Larkland House, Vivienne Munn, who based the afternoon on her home country of Nigeria and brought in her family – clad in Nigerian national dress – to serve Nigerian food, talk about their experiences growing up in the country and perform traditional dances for residents.
Stephanie McKenzie, customer adviser at Larkland House, said: “The party was a great success. Everybody enjoyed the afternoon and it was a fun way for us all to learn more about another country and culture – without needing our passports!”
The parties, which are open to all residents as well as their families and friends, are expected to create quite a stir in the local community.
Stephanie continued: “We want to welcome the community into our home so the parties are open to anyone over 60 years old and we also welcome any carers who want to bring a friend or relative who they care for.”
The next party, which is being organised by the catering team at Larkland House, is to have an Italian theme. There are plans in place for future parties based on the cultures of Nepal, Thailand and Iran.
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