20 May 2016
To celebrate Dementia Awareness Week, Greenacres care home in Banstead held a Care and Wellbeing day full of events centred around community, awareness and mindfulness.
The day started at 11 am with poem written and read by resident Barbara Lewis to describe how she feels about living at the home:
When you feel it’s time to take a rest
Come to Greenacres where they do their best
To help you with the struggles and strife
And help you find a new lease of life
Cosy rooms and nice warm beds
At the end of the day to rest our heads
Peace and quiet is what we need
At Greenacres they really succeed
So come join us!
Barbara’s fantastic poem was then followed by a video of residents talking about the importance of families and a talk led by a representative from Alzheimer’s Society on raising awareness of and signposting dementia.
A laughing yoga session led by Emily and Francesca from Laugh Together was well received by everyone in attendance. True to the name, everybody had a good laugh and the room was brightened even though it was grey and rainy outside.
Regional Support Manager Andrea Keen said: “I loved taking part in the laughing yoga and I have been telling everyone about it!
“It was great to see residents participating, and I noticed that some of them knew the movements before they happened which goes to show how much they are getting from the activity”
After a delicious finger food buffet, Greenacres residents led a singing performance of songs such as ‘Que Sara’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine’, accompanied by the activities team on guitar.
The day was rounded off with a relaxation session led by therapist and life coach, Malcom Cooper, who took everyone on a journey to the beach, a peaceful garden and other restful locations. The room was calm, quiet, and everyone was very relaxed.
The day was a big hit with everybody who attended and Malcom and the ladies from Laugh Together have been invited back to the home to hold sessions on a regular basis.