Residents at Amberwood House in Ferndown spent Valentine’s Day reminiscing over their wedding days, feasting on cakes and sharing ‘getting to know you’ dates.
Companionship Team member Corinne Wareham said: “To help new residents in particular, we decided to create a lovely atmosphere for making friends, with our lounge and dining room decorated in pink, red and white and our tables festooned with confetti, roses and chocolates.
“Our Companion Rebecca Osborne provided a beautiful start to the day by singing famous love songs. Then, at lunchtime, each resident picked a name out of a hat to determine who they would sit next to, to open up new conversations.
“And in a ‘Guess the Valentine’ game, we looked at a ‘tree of love’ featuring original wedding photos of 14 residents and tried to guess who was who. Quite a few of the men proved easier to identify than the ladies. But in the end, we worked together to correctly match everyone to their wedding day photos.”
In the afternoon, each resident had fun choosing a staff member for a 15-minute ‘date’ to get to know more about them.
Corinne added: “It was a lovely day spent encouraging new friendships and remembering good times.”
Elsewhere, team members at Brook View in West Moors decorated the in-home café with red and pink balloon hearts and table-top roses, setting the scene for resident couple Audrey and David Vincent to enjoy a romantic lunch. It gave them the opportunity to reminisce about their 51 years of marriage.
They met while attending ballroom dance classes together when David was 37 and Audrey 39. “It was love at first dance,” said Audrey, a former teacher. “He was quite a dancer and he continues to lead the way, even if I do ‘wear the trousers’ sometimes!”