July 23 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Care home residents were transported back to the past in a day of fun marking a national initiative.
Chadwell House Residential Care Home and Cranvale Residential Care Home both held themed events to celebrate National Care Home Open Day on Friday.
Cranvale Residential Care Home, in Buntingbridge Road, Newbury Park, hosted a 1940s themed day, which saw residents and staff dress in clothes from the decade.
The event also featured live music, an English and American buffet and a Winston Churchill impersonator.
Cranvale’s manager, Irene Prasad, said: “We had a fantastic time going back to the 1940s - it went down a storm with our residents.
“They especially loved the old-fashioned food and drink and seeing our team all dressed up.”
A tea room was created at Chadwell House, in Chadwell Heath Lane, Chadwell Heath, complete with team members dressed up as old-fashioned waitresses.
Staff and residents enjoyed nostalgic live music, arts and crafts sessions with children from Furze Nursery School and afternoon tea.
The home’s manager, Chris Gammons, said: “The day was absolutely brilliant - everyone enjoyed themselves so much and the home looked absolutely fantastic.
“Residents were singing and dancing all day and even had a little dance with the children from the nursery school, which they loved.
“One relative said she had never seen her loved one so happy and full of joy as she did on the day.”