August Activities at Cedars Care Group Homes
It’s been another summer month of wonderful weather and stimulating activities and events at Cedars Care Group care homes across the UK. From visits to the local sea life centre to movie days, birthday outings and piano recitals by child prodigies, it’s been a busy August for our residents. Here are some of the highlights…
At our East Sussex care home, Derwent, we started off the month with a visit to Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings. Residents had a blast observing the exotic fish, sharks, and sting rays, amidst the aquarium tunnels and mesmerising fishtanks. All that ooh-ing and aah-ing and wandering about had us work up an appetite, so our visit ended with some coffee and ice-cream at the aquarium cafe, with fantastic views of the seafront.
There are many ways for elderly people with restricted mobility to keep fit and healthy, and one of these are sitting exercises. Sitting exercises can be done from the comfort of one’s seat and can help improve mobility, flexibility, posture, and even prevent falls. At our Southport care home, Woodlands Manor, we regularly have fitness sessions, and this weeks involved armchair stretches, foot tapping and leg lifting as well as exercising with various props like squeeze balls and kinesiology tapes for physiotherapy.
We rarely need an excuse to step out for a cup of afternoon tea, but the recent renovation of Hastings Pier was certainly a good reason for some of our ladies of leisure to embark on an outing. Sue, Pat and Peggy are residents at our East Sussex care home, Derwent . With the weather being so beautiful, the three enjoyed a pleasant stroll on the pier and then some tea at the waterfront.
Mid-month was Movie Monday at our Southport care home, Woodlands Manor. Residents enjoyed singing along to the much loved musical, 42nd street, with refreshments, popcorn and watermelon being provided by our stewardesses. Movies have been proven to stimulate the minds of those living with dementia. Many residents came away from the screening with more positive moods and seemed more communicative, engaging staff and other residents, with some even reminiscing about their past.
At our North Somerset care home, Ellenborough, we were paid a visit by Jess, an 18 year old performing arts student. Our Activities Coordinator, Jenny had the help of her granddaughters for the evening, as they helped set up for the show. Jess performed some old classics for our residents, who had a wonderful time singing along with her.
Jess’ Ellenborough visit was so well received by residents and staff, we were only too pleased to welcome lovely little Ryanne the following week. Ryanne is only 10 years old and an utter prodigy on the keyboard and flute. Playing since age 3, Ryanne aspires to be a conductor in an orchestra when she grows up, or a piano teacher.
Ryanne came to know about Ellenborough through a trip organised by a local church to deliver hand crafted floral bouquets. Her parents told us that since then, Ryanne has been insistent that she wants to come and play her music for our residents. The occasion of her birthday was the perfect opportunity, when Ryanne opted out of a birthday party in order to come to Ellenborough to perform. Naturally, our chefs had a large chocolate birthday cake ready for Ryanne, and after her wonderful performance, we all sung happy birthday as she blew out her candles.
Our Ellenborough family were so humbled by Ryaane’s gift to us on her own special day, and so happy that we got to celebrate her birthday with her. When her parents informed us that this was a dream come true for their talented little princess, we were close to tears! Ryaane received a heartfelt card from all the residents at Ellenborough, and everyone enjoyed birthday cake and bubbly in celebration.