Residents and team members at Sunrise of Hale Barns have set sail on a 12-week journey visiting new countries each week, from the comfort of their care home.
One month in, and the care home has visited France, England, Italy and Greece. During these weeks, they have celebrated each country by organising various activities and events. Residents have taken part in language lessons, virtual tours of famous landmarks, enjoyed local music, and experienced each country’s culinary delights as prepared by the care home’s dining team.
In week one, residents at Sunrise of Hale Barns visited Paris and learnt all about the beautiful monuments. They also visited the Louvre where they saw the Mona Lisa. They rounded off the week by enjoying a lovely meal at a French brasserie, where they tucked into a variety of wines, cheese boards and pastries.
The following week, the care home visited England just in time for St George’s Day. Residents were delighted to try a bakewell tart from ‘Maggie’s Bakery’, that was cooked by resident Margaret Brown. In the evening, residents and team members enjoyed some fish and chips in the sunshine.
Residents then arrived in the city of Milan in Italy, feeling a bit peckish, they visited Lorenzo e Luigi Ristorante. After a genuine Italian meal, residents made their way to the Palatrussardi di Milano, as they had tickets to watch Andre Griminelli e Luciano Pavarotti concert. They enjoyed the concert with a nice glass of prosecco.
Most recently, the care home travelled to Greece, where residents tried some incredible traditional Greek food. They went on to visit the ancient Greek Temple of Hale, when they had a visit from Laney, who sang away the afternoon as the residents danced with the Greek goddess.
For the remaining eight weeks, Sunrise of Hale Barns will go on to visit countries including South Africa, Mexico, China and India.
The extensive travel itinerary has been launched as part of Sunrise Senior Living UK’s #NewDawnNewDay campaign to encourage those who may be considering moving into a care home to take the step with a sense of reassurance in this new chapter of their lives.
Residents have told team members that they have really been enjoying tasting the different cuisines from the variety of countries. Recently, the home welcomed a live singer for the first time since social distancing restrictions were eased and resident Brian danced the afternoon away. Everyone has said how fabulous it was to see entertainment back in the care home.
Speaking of the campaign, Amanda Holland, the General Manager of Sunrise of Hale Barns care home, said:
“We have had the most amazing time so far - residents have been having so much fun. The campaign has really lifted everyone’s spirits and has reminded us all of the importance of celebrating other cultures and everything this beautiful world has to offer. We are excited to see where the rest of our travels will take us!”
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