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WHAT’S NEW? ESSEX CARE HOME RESIDENTS


GO WILD ON SAFARI Residents at RMBI Care Co. Home Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court in Stisted, Essex, have been having a wild time this week, enjoying a safari in the Home’s grounds.


Prior to the current pandemic, residents at the Home are taken on lots of fun, sociable and stimulating excursions, with some residents even trying activities from ice-skating to horse- riding. But since lockdown, for their own safety, residents haven’t been able to go on any trips outside of the Home.


Staff were determined to find a way to provide their residents with some outdoor fun and stimulation, so they came up with the idea of creating a safari ride in the grounds, complete with a safari truck and wild animals to spot amongst the trees.


Home Manager Aggie McDonald explained: “We thought hard about what we could do to offer some safe outdoor fun and adventure for our residents. Our grounds are huge, so one of our staff had the idea of creating a safari!”


The Association of Friends of Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court helped to make the idea a reality by donating a golf cart, which was redecorated as The Stisted Safari Shuttle.


As well as being a lot of fun, the safari provides residents with a multi-sensory experience, which supports their health and wellbeing. Carers at the Home drive the truck around the grounds, through beautiful woodland, and along the River Blackwater, stopping along the way to point out wildflowers and signs of the changing seasons.


ALAN TITCHMARSH CROWNS CARE


HOME GARDEN COMPETITION WINNER A Holmfirth care home has been crowned the winner of a national gardening competition by none other than Alan Titchmarsh himself.


Greenacres care home was named the 2020 National Winner of care provider Ideal Carehomes’ Gardens in Bloom competition, aſter being surprised with the result by a special video message from celebrity gardening personality, Alan Titchmarsh.


The competition, which is run throughout Ideal Carehomes’ 21 homes, encourages both staff and residents to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors by devising and implementing an exciting garden revamp.


The Greenacres team introduced a ‘Green-fingers At Greenacres’ themed garden masterpiece, which featured upcycled garden furniture to create a vegetable patch and herb garden; a resident-centred wall mural art project; a wishing well; newly planted apple trees which, once ripe, will be placed outside in a basket for passers-by to enjoy; and even their own farm which houses adorable sheep made from wire. The team have also been delighted to hear that many local school children have been eagerly waiting to see what fun and festive costumes their new scarecrows will be dressed in next, as the home plan on making a ‘festive scarecrow scene’ for everybody to enjoy throughout the year.


However, it was the homes ‘Secret Night Garden’ that really blew the judges away, as residents and staff created a tranquil seating area under a beautifully-decorated pergola featuring


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One resident, Eileen Sims, said: “It’s been a lot of fun going out in the safari truck to get some fresh air.”


Aggie McDonald said: “Our residents absolutely love going out in our new safari truck, so much so that we are introducing it into our weekly routine. As well as ensuring they get out in the fresh air, it has proved to be a powerful sensory experience, triggering happy memories and prompting lots of lively conversation.”


RMBI Home Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court is run by RMBI Care Co., part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Home is currently able to safely welcome new residents.


www.rmbi.org.uk


Residents at RMBI Care Co. Home Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court enjoying the new Stisted Safari.


climbing roses and waterfall fairy lights, providing the perfect hide-away to relax.


Alan Titchmarsh said: “I would like to congratulate all of you


that took part in the contest, the amazing initiative brings together residents and staff doing what I love doing and do every day – which is gardening! To grow your own plants and to create an atmosphere that is beautiful to be in is really important. Well done to everyone involved and keep growing!”


Verity Taylor, General Manager at Greenacres, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be crowned the overall national winner and our residents were even more thrilled to see gardening legend Alan Titchmarsh announce the win! We are extremely grateful to have had such overwhelming support from our residents’ families, our staff team and local businesses that generously donated to our garden project. It really has been a labour of love and we are so glad to see the judges were as thrilled with our garden creation as we are!”


www.idealcarehomes.co.uk


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