Sunderland care home Residents decorate garden furniture as a tribute to frontline workersResidents at HC-One’s Northview Lodge care home took advantage of the lovely summer weather and headed out into the homes garden to paint their furniture.

Northview Lodge Residents, with support from staff, painted the shelter at the front of the building. It was painted in the rainbow style to thank the staff and all key workers during this pandemic.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the rainbow has become a symbol of support for people wanting to show solidarity with NHS workers on the front line, so it only seemed right to decorate the shelter in the rainbow style.

Northview Lodge Care Assistant Sharon Gunn said: “In these hard times its lovely to come together with the Residents and make something inspiring to look at.”

Not only has the shelter had a makeover, but the Residents have been engaged in meaningful activity. The calming nature of painting, writing or other creative pursuits is a way to forget about larger stresses and promotes healthy, happy feelings.

Northview Lodge Home Manager Patrick Morley said: “I am so proud of the team at Northview Lodge. Despite these trying times they have continued with initiatives like this to keep Residents involved in meaningful activity and make sure that they are enjoying themselves.”