Residents at Millway House in Andover were in good spirits this weekend, as they partied ‘in pink’ to celebrate a Mother’s Day with their loved ones once again.
With the Covid crisis putting restrictions on care home visitors since March 2020, Mothering Sunday hasn’t been quite the same. This year, the team at the nurse-led care home in Weyhill wanted to ensure the day was extra-special for its residents and brightened things up with a ‘Pink Party’.
Everyone wore an item of pink clothing and enjoyed a pink afternoon tea, including pink cupcakes. A pink rose was also handed out to each mum at the Andover care home.
Local musician and entertainer, David Dawson, also attended and sang some old classics, bringing along two microphones so that residents could join in with the singalong.
For one resident in particular, Mother’s Day 2022 was a real family affair. Chinese food- lover, Bet Brant (95) had the chance to tuck into her favourite choice of takeaway with her daughter Jean and son-in-law Jimmy.
After checking with Millway staff, Jean ordered a meal from Andover’s Tycoon restaurant, to share with her mum on the special day.
Claire Lousteau, Home Manager at Millway House, said:
“The last two Mother’s Days have been very difficult for our resident mums here, with loved ones kept away for safety.
“With restrictions now eased, we wanted to be able to celebrate properly and welcome the residents’ family and friends back into the home. It was the tonic we all needed, and spirits were high! It was wonderful to see everyone getting together to enjoy the weekend’s celebrations.”
Claire added: “When Jean approached us to see if she could order in this ‘unique’ Mother’s Day meal for her mum, we didn’t think twice. Staff made sure there was a table set specially, and seeing Bet celebrating over dinner with her family, was just perfect.”
Millway House is part of Sears Healthcare and CEO Richard Adams is delighted to hear that all its residents have been enjoying their special day.
He said: “This Mother’s Day has been a long-time coming for many of our residents and it’s lovely to see staff pulling out all the stops to ensure it was a day to remember.