Sanctuary Care residents in Bridgwater have a couple of busy weeks ahead when they enjoy old pastimes, meet new friends and try their hand at something new.
The team at The Rosary Nursing Home in Mayfield Drive pride themselves on providing engaging activities for their residents – whether it’s rekindling old pastimes, taking part in creative arts, meeting new friends at community events, enjoying performing arts or coming face to face with an exotic animal.
No two days are the same!
Showing no two days are the same, highlights over the next month include arts and crafts, baking, visits from local children, reminiscence activities and animal therapy.
Seventy-three-year-old resident, John Keirle, said: “All the activities are great fun and a bit of a laugh!”
Chinese New Year celebrations
The month started with Chinese New Year celebrations, when residents and the team cheered Kung Hei Fat Choi – or Happy Chinese New Year to the Year of the Monkey – by creating themed arts and crafts including beautiful decorations and lanterns, as well as trying traditional cuisine and cracking open their own fortune cookie.
Sampling sweet and savoury sushi, William Grey, 86-year-old resident said: “It was very different to celebrate Chinese New Year but very enjoyable all the same, I really liked the sushi!”
Youngsters visit for a tea party
In the very same week, residents also enjoyed a traditional tea party with local youngsters when children from Butterflies Nursery pop in for a visit on Thursday 11 February.
Ninety-three-year-old resident Joan Redding, 93, said: “All the children looked so little and it was lovely to see them all, they passed around biscuits and cakes at our tea party.”
Fellow resident, Eirwen Alford who is 97 years old, added: “It was great to see the children, they were so sweet – my name means Snow White in Welsh and I told them and said they should go home and tell their parents they met Snow White!”
Happy Valentine’s Day
Meanwhile for Valentine’s Day, the Mayfield Drive home will be feeling the ‘flour power’ when they host a baking competition, where residents and the team will compete in honour of the day of love.
Competitive spirit will be stirring throughout the home as all four floors will be taking part, baking loved themed delights from heart-shaped cookies to beautiful muffins decorated with bright red icing.
In true Mary Berry style the home’s manager Lyn Taylor will be judging the entries on taste, appearance and teamwork.
Important to rekindle old pastimes
Lyn said: “Residents always enjoy rekindling old pastimes like baking and it is really important to encourage this as taking part not only provides a great deal of comfort but can also bring back wonderful memories of their younger years which is wonderful to hear about.”
Elizabeth Fackrell, 85-year-old resident added: “I always look forward to our baking and cooking activities.”
Fellow resident Joan Hurford, who is 90 years old and has always been a keen baker continued: “All the activities are great, especially when we are baking – it’s a great day with lots of tasty cakes.”
Animal therapy to community coffee mornings
Other festivities will see residents walk on the wild side when they welcome a collection of reptile guests from Kingston Exotics for an animal therapy session on Wednesday 17 February. Residents will be able to hold, stroke and learn new facts about the unusual visitors, which will include lizards and snakes.
The home will also welcome school children through their doors for a unique arts initiative where residents and pupils will share their life experiences through songs, art and storytelling in a sharing ceremony on Tuesday 23 February.
Meanwhile the team and residents will be welcoming people from the local community along to their Time for a Cuppa tea party, which will take place at on Friday 4 March to help raise money for Dementia UK, which will also be a great opportunity to meet new friends.
Unique ways to enhance wellbeing
Lyn continued: “Enhancing residents’ wellbeing is a priority of Sanctuary Care and we do so by providing stimulating group and individual activities, as well as day trips.
“Keeping busy and staying active is a great way to support residents as it ignites inner confidence and independence and supports them to flourish, which is so heart-warming to witness for loved ones and our team.”