Residents at The Grove Care Home in Waltham near Grimsby enjoyed a month of ‘Back to school’ themed activities throughout September. Care and Nursing Homes across the Country Court group were encouraged to use resident’s ideas and memories of school days to create fun and engaging activities.
The ‘back to school’ activities had a different weekly theme throughout the month, with prizes for the most engaging activity each week. In week one, the challenge was to learn a language, week two was poetry week and week three was science week. For the final week, the care homes held a school theme day, staff dressed up and residents enjoyed fun lessons and activities. Residents enjoyed school dinner themed menus for lunch with sponge pudding and custard for dessert to make it fully authentic.
As there are several ex-teachers at The Grove, they took the opportunity to enjoy reminiscing about their teaching days and chatting together about their careers. Jean was Deputy Head at Old Clee Primary School and even taught some of the care team at The Grove. Margaret shared wonderful stories of teaching in a tiny school on the Yorkshire moors before coming to teach English at Tollbar Secondary School in Lincolnshire. Phyllis spent her teaching career in Oldham, having joined the profession later in life. There was a shortage of teachers at the time and the government were keen to encourage married women to train for a new career.
“It’s been fascinating to hear our residents’ stories about their lives and careers” said Michelle Bloy, Wellbeing Coordinator at The Grove. “Jean taught me at Old Clee school, she was a wonderful and kind teacher, so it’s lovely to be able to care for her here at The Grove.”
If you are concerned about how a loved one is coping and would like them to have more support, please get in touch. There are currently a limited number of rooms available for both short-term respite care and long-term residential care at The Grove. Contact Customer Relations Manager Ros Wells on 01472 821127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.