Creativity and Connection

Discover how our Lifestyle Team has been busy adapting our packed schedule of meaningful activities and events with heartwarming results.

While the past few months have brought unprecedented restrictions for all of us, life at Bramley Court has by no means slowed down. Our much-loved residents have been as active as ever while we’ve been coming up with creative new home-based activities and alternative ways to continue to stay in touch with loved ones.

We’ve all embraced video-calling to keep our residents connected with friends and family via virtual meet-ups. This has enabled multiple family members to dial in and chat together. It’s been wonderful seeing our residents’ faces light up at the sight of their children and grandchildren! In fact, we’ve found that friends and relatives have been able to stay in touch more than ever before thanks to this new technology.

But for one resident, Ivor and his beloved wife Dorothy, who have been married for over 60 years and have never spent this long apart, the separation was too much.  So we arranged a socially distanced visit for them both in Dorothy’s garden – a truly touching and emotional reunion for all.

Of course, with the absence of our regular visiting entertainers, we’ve had to make our own amusement at Bramley Court and so created a Pamper Station complete with back massager, drinks, and snacks for our team and residents to relax and unwind. And even with social distancing restrictions in place, we have managed to stage a few special outdoor performances of harp music as well as some lively classics from The Banjo Man.

Of course, while our day trips have been momentarily paused, this has simply meant we have had to bring the outside world to us. So as well as launching our very own Barber Shop for the gents to enjoy, we made sure we celebrated VE Day in style with music, bunting, and plenty of tea party treats. We even welcomed two new feathered friends into our home to provide hours of happy animal therapy; the chickens Elsie and Flo.

We have also been getting as crafty as ever from planting sunflower seeds in the garden, singing, and dancing, to painting and colour therapy. All of which has provided endless creative inspiration and brought everyone together in these challenging times. In fact, it has only helped to grow the community spirit within our home.

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