While many holiday plans have been disrupted this year, residents at Westerham Place Care Home have been reminiscing about simpler times.
During August, the team at the care home in the Sevenoaks district of Kent have been helping residents bring their holiday memories to life. With a series of craft activities, they have created holiday-themed t-shirts, decorated ice creams and looked at postcards.
Residents have also been sharing their memories of the places they visited as children and with their own families. After hearing some fascinating stories about destinations all over the world, the team have created a map to mark their travels. Flags have been placed on the map to show where residents have holidayed over the years. As we have found over the last few weeks, each flag has its own interesting story.
The discussion also fondly looked back at some of the iconic parts of great British holidays. Such as fish and chips, donkey rides and singing ‘Oh, I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside’.
Our team love hearing our residents tell their stories and watching their eyes light up as they relive happy memories. Reminiscing about the past has great benefits for care home residents, particularly those living with dementia. As holidays often represent the happiest times, we couldn’t wait to get started on this project!
Following our summer holiday fun, we have created a dedicated noticeboard featuring all of their wonderful creations. It has also become a reminder of a time when travel was much more straightforward.
At Westerham Place Care Home, we have a regular programme of activities. Despite visiting restrictions, we continue to work hard to ensure that our residents’ health and wellbeing continues to be wonderfully looked after.