Sharing joy each day

Our residents have been busy having fun and enjoying themselves despite the lockdown restrictions. Here we highlight a flavour of some of the events and activities that have been taking place.

Clap for the carers

Residents and staff at all 21 of our homes staged a ‘clap for the carers’ to show their appreciation of the amazing work done every single day by carers and colleagues.

Thank-you to all those residents and team members who took part. The resulting film has captured the fantastic spirit across the homes and shows heartfelt sentiment.

Watch the video

videocameraWe merged footage from each home into a short film and posted it on our YouTube channel


United through dance

Legendary disco anthems rang out across our homes as we celebrated International Dance Day with a specially devised routine.

After some all-important warm-ups and stretches, residents and staff got into the groove of hits such as Le Freak by Chic, Village People’s YMCA and We Are Family by Sister Sledge.

Members of our Companionship Team co-ordinated group dances in our lounges and gardens and held one-to-one sessions in bedrooms.  Residents with limited mobility joined in the upbeat rhythms by doing upper-body dances featuring hand jives, clapping and other wrist and arm movements.

One resident at Linden House in Lymington, Myra, said: “It was fantastic, something we should do every day. I was grinning from ear to ear.”

The idea of a single choreographed routine originally stemmed from our Song of the Day initiative in which homes have come together at the same time each day to sing the same song. Examples have included everything from Blue Suede Shoes to We’ll Meet Again.

Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard said: “International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance culture and the art of dance.

“All genres of dance can help improve health and wellbeing but we deliberately went for an upbeat, happy disco feel and were delighted with the result.

“It was lovely to see the variety of moves in action.”

International Dance Day is held every year on April 29th, the anniversary of the birth in 1727 of dancer Jean-Georges Noverre, regarded as the creator of modern ballet.

Watch the video

videocameraWe made a film showing some of the fun we had which you can watch on our YouTube channel

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