Bringing the community to Northbourne Court
Staff at Northbourne Court Care home have been coordinating visits from the local church for residents that reside at the home. Many residents living in the community prior to moving into Northbourne Court were regular attendees at church, and our philosophy of care is based on continuing and promoting all interests and hobbies, whenever we can.
Last week clients from The Willow Day Care Centre enjoyed an afternoon movie and a portion of fish and chips at the Criterion cinema at Bluetown, Sheerness.
Clients at The Willow Day Care are always at the centre of decision making for day trips out to places of interest and an afternoon at the cinema has always been a popular choice with clients who use the day care centre in Sittingbourne. On this occasion seven clients and Jeannette Spooner the Day Care Centre officer visited the Criterion to watch Calamity Jane.
Geoffrey Webb, Activity Coordinator said, ‘I have been asked on a number of occasions if we could arrange for residents from Northbourne Court to go to church or, bring the church to the home. I had discussions with a local church about having a church service at Northbourne Court and how this might provide an opportunity for engagement with the community. The Reverend Craig from Albany Park Baptist church thought this a good idea and arranged for him and his team to hold a church service every fortnight at the home.
Each service is attended by Reverend Craig along with a pianist and members of the church to perform and chat with residents. At the end of the service residents are asked what hymns they would like to sing at the next service so the Reverend and his team can print off copies of the hymns, in various different font sizes for the residents and staff, allowing everyone to be able to take part.
One family relative said, ‘This has been warmly welcomed by the residents and carers alike. The service allows everyone to pray, listen and sing. Something I know my mother enjoys being able to do without having to leave the home’.
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