‘Enabling those living with dementia to continue to lead a vibrant and fulfilling life within a care home’
Residents at Parkview Care Home in Bexleyheath have recently enjoyed a two week summer holiday without the need to pack a suitcase or board a plane, the holiday was brought to them.
Saturday 12th August saw the start of the summer ‘staycation’ where Activities Coordinator Jo Thompson had arranged for areas of the home to be converted into a beach for the weekend. Residents and family members could enjoy a family beach day with beach games and sand castle building all set up within the gardens of Parkview.
Elvis impersonator, Gary King visited the home during the summer holiday fortnight and entertained residents with his renditions of Blue Suede Shoes, Suspicious Minds, Jail House Rock and many more. A fantastic BBQ and attendance from the Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley was also a highlight.
Other activities that took place throughout the fortnight were a spa day, picnic in the park, mocktails by the pool and Karaoke.
Pat Collis, Home Manager, commented, ‘Every day there was a new activity for the residents to take part in if they wished to, they were all a great success but there was one that stayed in my mind and that has to be the dog show where we had a visit from Nightingale dogs. From the moment they walked through the door the home became a hub of excitement. The cutest of dogs walked into the dining room and the residents loved this, so much so that it got us all thinking about having a pet dog join Parkview. The dogs sat on laps they put shopping in baskets and played lots of games’.
The summer holiday rounded off with a coffee morning hosted by the local Metropolitan Police where PCSO Nicola Jones and PC Ben Laing from the Christchurch Ward visited. Nicola and Ben assisted residents to prepare cakes and make tea. They then spent time talking with all the residents and families and met with staff. They talked about fraud awareness and handed out useful information and contact numbers. The coffee morning was welcomed by residents and families at Parkview and was such a success that it is now going to be a monthly event.
Jo Thompson, Activity Coordinator, said, ‘The summer holiday fortnight was a real team effort which was better than we could ever have imagined, the main objective to our holiday plans was to enable those living with dementia to continue to lead a vibrant and fulfilling life within a care home’. We have had so much positive feedback from residents and families, we have now rebooked many of the popular events such as the spa day and the coffee morning.
I would like to say a BIG thank you to Wickes in Erith who kindly donated all of the sand for our beach holiday. I am also pleased to announce a new addition to the team; Rosie, Parkviews very own dog which is brought in by a staff member every day during work shifts. Rosie is loved by many and is often seen out on a walk with residents and staff’.
To find out more about Parkview Care Home please call us on 0208 303 7889. We look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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