Resident Helen wished to start swimming again

Staff at Somerset House Care & Nursing Home in Wheldrake, were delighted to support their resident Helen Kilner to fulfil her wish to go swimming. Helen has always loved swimming but hadn’t been able to go for a long time and expressed her desire to go to the pool again. The home arranged a trip to the local swimming baths and Helen enjoyed it immensely. ‘Helen swam like a natural,’ they said.

The swimming trip was part of the ‘Make a Wish’ initiative, which aims to make the personal dreams of residents at Somerset House and other Country Court homes come true. Residents have had various exciting experiences, such as boat trips, book launches, and off-road driving.

‘We hope to make swimming a regular activity for Helen. She had so much fun, and we could see how happy she was,’ said Well-being Coordinator Jeanette Towsey.

‘Swimming is a great way to exercise gently for the elderly. It can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance brain operation. It can also help the elderly socialise, avoid loneliness, and helps prevent depression,’ said Home Manager Dipin Peter.

‘I haven’t been swimming for many years. I used to go with my friends and family all the time. I had a wonderful time today. I love swimming,’ said Helen.

‘After all the heavy rain recently, Helen joked about our care home extension building works looking like a swimming pool. She then asked if she could go swimming at one of the resident’s meetings. So, we made it happen. Whilst we were there, she shared her special memories of swimming with her family and friends. It was a joy to see her,’ said Well-being Coordinator Ellie.

‘These are the moments that make our care home special. Helen was overjoyed when we granted her wish. I aim to keep working with my team to find wonderful and personalised outings for our residents as they start a new chapter in their lives with us,’ said Home Manager Dipin Peter.

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For more information about Somerset House please contact our Home Manager Dipin Peter on 01904 448 813 or via email careenquiries@countrycourtcare.com

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