Radcliffe care home start the summer in style with carnivals, parties and celebrationIt’s been a June to remember at HC-One’s Rose Court care home, in Manchester, as Residents have been watching a street carnival, taking part in Pride celebrations and posing for photos on Father’s Day. 

On Saturday 4th June, Residents and Colleagues watched as a parade passed the 87-bed residential, nursing and dementia care home. The Radcliffe carnival has been going for many years and the Residents at the home, who previously lived locally, remembered going here with their families in the past.

Unfortunately, the carnival had stopped during the pandemic however it was lovely to see this start back up again as the Residents watched with staff members and some family too. It was a great community interaction enjoyed by all. 

Everyone enjoyed waving at the people who were taking part in the parade. One of the Residents said, “Fabulous day. It brought back many memories and it is nice to see the carnival still going strong.”

Leanne Batten-Smith, Care Home Manager, said, “This was a marvellous celebration in the community and many of our Residents would have remembered this from previous years.”

Following on, on 12th June the home hosted a party with entertainment from a drag Queen to celebrate Pride, as she sang songs that the Residents were able to join in with. Everyone danced and there was even an opportunity to have some face paintings too!

Staff wore their pride t-shirts that the Residents had made for them in a previous activity, and it was a fun day all round. 

The weather was on everyone’s side too, so that made it much more enjoyable with lots of interaction with the Residents and some good conversations. 

One of the Residents was wowed and commented, “Oh my gosh I am loving this!”

Leanne added, “It was lovely to see the Residents having fun in the garden and interacting with the staff. A great day all round to celebrate Pride!”

And the fun didn’t end there, with a Father’s Day photo booth to take part in on 19th June. Colleagues always encourage memories to be made at the care home and thought a photo booth to be used with family members on this special day would be a great addition. 

The home used their visiting pod as a photo booth for families to come along and have pictures taken with their loved ones, and they had some great feedback! Everyone loved the idea, especially when all the pictures were printed off and sent to their families following the event.

The booth was kept up for a whole week, so that no one missed out.

Those involved liked making memories and being made a fuss off.

Leanne said, “This is a great activity for families who visit and for those that live further away and can’t come in as often. Keeping the interaction between families and the Residents during this time is very important.”