Festivities may be restricted this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Christmas spirit is just as strong for residents at a care group in the South East – with the Yuletide celebrations in full swing.
From German markets to Christmas grottos and winter wonderlands, residents are experiencing the magic of Christmas at Nellsar, a family-run group of 13 Care Homes across Kent, Essex and Surrey.
After what has been an incredibly challenging year for the social care sector, staff across Nellsar’s homes sprinkled Christmas cheer and rallied their teams to put on a Christmas extravaganza of events, all adhering to infection control protocols, to bring smiles, excitement and Christmas to life for its elderly residents.
Hengist Field Care Centre, in Kent, turned its courtyard into a beautiful winter wonderland, while another Kent home, Woodstock Residential Care Centre, got residents feeling festive whilst baking Christmassy treats such as pies and pastries. Loose Valley Care Centre, in Maidstone, set up a jolly German-style market, and Lukestone Care Centre, also in Maidstone, handed out gifts to surprised residents in its special handmade Christmas grotto.
Martin Barrett, Managing Director of Nellsar said: “Christmas is renowned as being the most wonderful time of the year, and 2020 should be no different. We’ve pulled out all the stops to ensure there’s a sense of normality, and excitement, for our residents this year. We want them to immerse themselves in the festivities and sing, laugh and dance – their mental health is so important, especially when they haven’t been able to enjoy regular visits from family and friends.
He continued: “Hopefully, the simple act of spreading Christmas cheer, whether it be through browsing festive market stalls, baking mince pies or singing carols with friends, will take their minds off what has been a difficult year for all of us. Christmas is about spending quality time with friends and family and at Nellsar, you’re always amongst the two.”
Commenting on the festivities, one resident said: “Nellsar has worked so hard just so we can find happiness, fun and love.” While another said: “They’ve provided a bit of warmth in what’s been a cold year all round.”