Sanctuary Care homes across the country have been showing loved ones and their communities fun ways to stick to healthy New Year’s resolutions this January.
From Oxfordshire and Kent to London
In Oxfordshire, there was an ap-peel-ing variety of exotic fruit on offer when the team and residents at Iffley Residential and Nursing Home in Anne Greenwood Close took part in a fun armchair exercise class, which was followed by a refreshing treat.
Peeling and slicing an abundance of watermelon, blackberries, kiwis and other colourful fruit and winter vegetables, residents and the team juiced fabulously fresh produce into delicious smoothies.
102-year-old resident Charles Clapton (pictured), who was once a farmer said: “Eating healthy food and being active is so important and the smoothies were great – I’ve always eaten healthily, I’ve never smoked or drank and others should try to be healthier if they can.”
Fellow resident, Ethel Moffit, 89, who enjoyed the seated exercise added: “I really enjoyed the exercise, I felt much better for it.”
Tangy get-together in Kent
A similar tangy get-together was also set up in Erith, when the team and residents at Shaftesbury Court Residential Care Home in Selkirk Drive sampled delicious smoothies, after a light exercise session.
The residential care home’s activities leader Sara Bird said: “We are very health conscious here so thought what better way to promote the fun and easy ways to live well – especially as many people will be trying to stick to New Year’s resolutions this time of year.
“Eating healthy often has a bad reputation for being boring and we wanted to change this, we wanted to show everyone that if we can do it so can you.”
Fruity fun in London
Meanwhile in London, the team and residents at Riverlee Residential and Nursing Home in Greenwich and Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home in Stepney have enjoyed generous helpings of delicious fruit and vegetables.
Showing the easy ways to get your ‘five-a-day’, residents enjoyed exotic fruit platters and healthy juice drinks.
Joyce Smith, 89-year-old resident from Hawthorn Green said: “I loved seeing all the different colours on the platters, they reminded me of summer!
“It was lovely to find out that you can put all these wonderful fruits together to make a tasty yet healthy drink.”
Fellow Hawthorn Green resident Charlotte Furr, 89, added: “My favourite fruit has always been strawberries so it was nice that I got to taste a strawberry smoothie.”
“…smoothies tasted lovely…”
Meanwhile 87-year-old Riverlee resident Gladys Mitchell said: “I loved the wellbeing day, all the fruits were so colourful the smoothies tasted lovely and very different”.
Catering manager at the Riverlee Allhouet-Bergson Agwah concluded: “I always serve nutritious and seasonal meals for the residents at Riverlee shaped by their likes and dislikes, but it was nice to show them the easy ways that many people eat their fruit and vegetables these days and they genuinely loved it.”