Mar 01, 2017
Residents from Priors House enjoyed a day of literature-based activities with local students.
The students spent time reading aloud, and discussing favourite books with residents. After the reading session, everyone tucked into afternoon tea prepared by head chef Marcin Ignatowicz.
The Care UK team was also joined by the local community, and everyone that attended enjoyed an exclusive screening of a short film created by Care UK featuring international Storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE.
In the film, Taffy, the patron of The Society for Storytelling, provided his top tips and advice for reading and explained the therapeutic benefits of reading aloud to older people.
Home manager, Francine Summers, explained why Priors House was one of several Care UK care homes that took part in World Read Aloud Day: “It may come as a surprise to many just how beneficial reading aloud can be for older people; particularly those living with dementia.
Here at Priors House interactive reading sessions are very important to us as they help us to engage residents and encourage communication.”
Lifestyle coordinator, Jon Sneath, added: “We always look to get residents involved in different activities to encourage independence. By taking part in World Read Aloud Day, residents had the opportunity to engage in a brilliant day of storytelling and reading aloud activities with the students from Warwick School. The residents really enjoyed being read to and sharing their own stories with the younger generation. We’d like to thank the local pupils for helping us to celebrate this special day.”
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