Fire-up the barbecue!
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
At last, the first days of uncompromising summer are here, and there is fair expectation of many more over the coming three months or so!
In care homes, those long untrodden garden paths, those long unsat-on garden benches will once more prove their worth as residents bask in the beneficent warmth of these long summer days.
It’s time for barbecues and garden parties with all the relatives – sons, daughters, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren visiting Great Aunt Edith where she can be most appreciated – away from the corridors of care and truly a natural part of a community, enjoying the sounds and scents of summer while the swallows wheel in freedom overhead.
I make a point of attending at least one care home barbecue or garden party each summer. I find that these events serve to confirm my conviction that care homes have a valuable and vital role in society; that they provide these opportunities for families to gather and enjoy the company of their oldest members. It’s clear that staff also enjoy these occasions, taking pride in attending to their residents’ various needs while happily participating in the conversation, and sharing the in the food and refreshments.
I’m sure that elderly and frail people living in other settings will be given opportunities to enjoy these summer days; perhaps sitting out on a private patio with a few family members, but I wonder if the opportunities are as frequent or as stimulating.
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