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Coventry Care Home Brings Christmas in February to Make up for Missing Festive Season Due to Covid

A Coventry based care home decided to pull out the crackers and Christmas tree for a belated Christmas party.

MHA Abbey Park provides residential, residential dementia, general nursing and nursing dementia care.

To make up for missing Christmas in December due to an outbreak, the staff decided to spread some festive cheer and organised a party with one of the residents dressing up as Santa to deliver presents.

The kitchen staff prepared a Christmas dinner and a Christmas tree was put up in the common room.

Tina Thompson, home manager said: “Sadly for residents we experienced a significant outbreak of Covid three days prior to Christmas.

“All residents were affected when we were instructed by Public Health England to close the home.

“We wanted to recreate Christmas Day with decorations, food, wine, entertainment and gifts as a small token towards our extended family members.

“It has sadly had to be postponed on one occasion since due to a further outbreak but residents had a lovely time celebrating with their friends and neighbours.”

Kerry Smith, activity coordinator said: “The residents really enjoyed the Christmas party, and it didn’t feel at all like we were in February.

“We had Christmas crackers, turkey and Christmas pudding and the vibe around the home was very festive.

“All residents were given presents, which were distributed by one of our residents who dressed up as Santa, and we all had a wonderful time.”