Cliff Richard, ice cream and funfair games help unlock holiday memories for Honiton dementia residents

Residents with dementia living at a care home in Honiton reminisced about summer holidays thanks to Cliff Richard, ice cream and funfair games.

Props and fun activities were used by the staff at Gittisham Hill House, in Sidmouth Road, Honiton, when they brought summer holidays to the dementia and nursing care home.

A virtual beach trip onboard a homemade cardboard bus helped residents discuss holidays gone by.

Julia Heneker, the care home manager, said: “I feel very proud of how far the team have come in a short space of time.

“Our colleagues work really well together to support each other and draw upon their various skills to help provide the very best care to our residents; it is so very rewarding to be part of this.”

After residents climbed aboard a cardboard bus they sang songs, played games and recalled past holidays.

A spokesperson for the residential home said: “The theme of the month was of course summer holidays and residents have enjoyed a variety of fun activities at the home, which were centred around the holiday theme.

“Colleagues have been supporting reminiscence by the use of props and fun activities to really help residents recall some of their adventures and re-live some of their past experiences.”

Residents were ‘driven’ to their holiday destination by the care home’s maintenance officer, Chris.

The care home spokesperson added: “When residents reached their destination, they played fairground games like hook-a-duck and sang old Cliff Richard songs from times gone by.  A great afternoon was enjoyed by all in the home.”

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A virtual beach trip onboard a homemade cardboard bus helped residents discuss holidays gone by.
Photo: Gittisham Hill House.

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