‘I must go down to the sea again’

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Sun, sea, sand and several residents from Herondale nursing home in Birmingham, a care home run by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, combined to create a typical beach scene from yesteryear. As part of the ExtraCare dementia therapy philosophy, Herondale manager Nick Stephens had the idea to create a beach as part of their entry for the Garden In Bloom competition, judged in September. Debbie Green RMN spent days co-ordinating the day. Mr Stephens arranged for sand to be delivered, collected sea shells, drift wood and sea weed to add originality to the scene. Two design students Bonnie Harris, granddaughter of resident Harold Wren and wife Mary, and Vicky Hodges, painted a sea scene including lighthouse, boat and seagulls on the wall. The whole scene was enhanced by the sound of the roaring sea and seagulls, played over the stereo system. “It1s a great day, I love the sea,” said resident Brian Barber. Herondale1s garden was decorated with Golden Jubilee flags and banners and residents sang along to an accordion

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