There was an abundance of beautiful floral garlands when a Sanctuary Care in Hersden hosted a May Day-themed dementia support session.
People from the local community were invited to drop into Meadow View Residential Care Home in Blackthorn Road, where there was flower power fun and useful advice available.
The special day started with a Dementia Friends Session – where a Dementia Champion followed training by the Alzheimer’s Society to run a 60 minute session to share insightful information into what life is like with dementia and the small ways people can help others.
May Queen competition
The supportive session was followed by a May Queen Competition, where residents proudly displayed beautiful floral garlands and headdresses they’ve lovingly created for the very special occasion. These will be judged by the home’s activities leader Christina York.
Resident Annie Winkworth, who is 92 years old, said: “The May Queen decorations were lovely. I used to pick flowers from the garden and put them in my hair, carnations were the best as they lasted so well.”
Nighty-three year old resident Ada Cope added: “I really enjoyed all the flowers – they were colourful and easy to handle – Spring has sprung!”
The Sanctuary Care’s activities leader Christina York, who judged the floral headpieces on the day, added: “We all had such a wonderful day filled with flowers, smiles and balloons! Everyone came together to share their experiences about dementia, it was so inspiring and touching!”
There was also toe-tapping music entertainment from the Reminiscence Singers, who sung musical favourites from yesteryear, as well as mouth-watering cakes available.