Residents have become campers at a South East care group with the launch of a virtual ‘staycation’ trip around the UK to keep momentum going following its six-month world cruise – an initiative that remarkably boosted residents’ physical and mental well-being.
With tents and sleeping bags at the ready, residents and staff at all 13 of Nellsar’s care homes across Kent, Surrey and Essex have joined in with the UK’s staycation boom with a camping trip to bonnie Scotland.
Dubbed ‘Carry on Camping’, the virtual staycation will continue the epic adventures of the previous six months but this time closer to home in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Having seen a wealth of improvement in residents’ mental and physical health, the care group is once again treating its homes to the sights, sounds and tastes of different countries and cultures, enabling residents to reminisce about previous family holidays.
A welcome morale-boost to ensure spirits remain high as the colder months approach, residents have been experiencing Scottish-themed activities, decorations, music, cuisine, and quizzes from the comfort of their armchairs.
Embracing the best of Scottish culture, residents have enjoyed whisky tasting and trips to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Lomond, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and Edinburgh. For cuisine, there was no shortage of shortbread biscuits, porridge and black pudding, with, of course, a generous serving of haggis and tatties!
Viv Stead, Recreation and Well-Being Manager at Nellsar, said: “Our residents and staff could not have envisaged a more perfect six-month period following the challenges that arose from the pandemic. The improvement to residents’ mental and physical well-being through sensory stimulation and activities has been remarkable. In truth, we never wanted the journey to end, so what better way to continue the fun than by celebrating all that the UK has on offer.
“Our first stop in Scotland has been a great success. Everyone embraced the Scottish culture and we had so much fun across our homes. In the 60s and 70s, holiday camps were very popular so we wanted to bring back and relive that nostalgia. We have quite a few residents of Scottish ancestry and many too who have visited the Highlands and Islands, so there were plenty of memories to rekindle.
“2021 is the year of the Ox and is affiliated with dependability, strength, diligence and determination – which we believe perfectly personifies the social care sector over the past year-and-a-half. This is why we were determined to keep the fire burning!”