Sunrise of Fleet Celebrates Love of Reading

Sunrise  |  August 23, 2019

Sunrise of Fleet has been celebrating a love of reading by opening its doors to local children to share their favourite books with residents.

The care home marked the recent World Book Lovers Day by kickstarting a new initiative, to invite local children to join and read their favourite book to residents in each of Sunrise’s specialised care communities – from assisted living to memory care. The Sunrise of Fleet team has seen lovely interactions so far, with friendships forming already.

In Sunrise’s Memory Care Neighbourhood, a space designed specifically for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory loss, Chester read his favourite book The Hungry Caterpillar to resident Isobel. The pair instantly found that they had a love for this book in common when Isobel reminisced about reading the book to her grandchildren. They were giggling throughout as they read the book together.

Lucy Jesse, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Fleet, said:

“This is a wonderful way to bring a love of books to our residents and enable them to revisit old favourites or discover new ones.

“This type of intergenerational interaction has been greatly enjoyed by our residents and the children alike and it is wonderful to see the relationships developing. One of our residents being read to is blind, and so to hear a story being read by a little boy so full of enthusiasm really made her day.

“We look forward to seeing similar initiatives take off at Sunrise of Fleet.”

Sunrise of Fleet provides high quality, personalised dementia care and assisted living that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for its residents. To find out more, call 01252 968017.