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Beachy Life For Care Home Residents

A group of 10 residents from Eston’s Astune Rise care home enjoyed a day at Saltburn-on-Sea, complete with beach huts, fish and chips, and a stroll along the pier.

The residents were joined by family members as they enjoyed a classically British day out, organised by the care home’s manager Caroline Bowstead.

Caroline booked a number of Saltburn’s famously colourful beach huts, giving the group a fantastic sea view as they tucked into their fish and chips lunch. After allowing their food to digest, they enjoyed a stroll along the pier with an ice cream, stopping to talk to fishermen and watching the surfers.

The day out is part of Astune Rise’s commitment to providing a diverse range of activities for residents. In addition to trips to local attractions, the home also arranges for entertainers to visit residents, engages with community groups such as Dementia Friends and the MFC Foundation, and runs daily exercise and arts and crafts classes.

Caroline Bowstead, manager at Astune Rise care home, said:

“It was an amazing day out for our residents who all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Everyone was singing I do like to be beside the seaside on the minibus there and the beach hut company even put out extra deck chairs for us.

“I found out a resident who is Teesside born and bred had never been to Saltburn. She was amazed at how lovely it was. Though we were very lucky with the weather too.
“Some of them hadn’t seen surfers in real life before and found it really interesting. Looks like we may have to find a way to get them onto a board!”

Dorothea Quinn, 85, a resident at Astune Rise, said: “I had a great day out. I love a go on the arcades at the seaside, especially the 2p machines!”