For the first time since the start of the pandemic, residents at a Hamilton care home have been able to get their dancing shoes on and enjoy live entertainment at a summer garden party.
Residents at Avonbridge Care Home, which is part of the Larchwood Group, were joined by singer Jack High who kept them singing and dancing with songs from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as more modern requests.
In the run up to the party, residents spent time making decorations and developing a delicious mocktail menu, which was a huge hit with everyone.
Situated on the banks of the river Avon, Avonbridge is spread over two floors and set amongst well-maintained grounds. There is always a wide range of activities on offer for residents, including beauty treatments and pamper sessions at the home’s very own hairdressing salon.
Throughout the pandemic, entertainers were still able to visit the home, but distancing and safeguarding guidelines meant shows had to be performed in the car park, with residents watching through windows.
Kelly O’Neill, activities coordinator at the home, said: “It was a delight to see our residents singing and dancing to all their favourite old songs. We’ve done our best to keep a good variety of activities on offer while restrictions have been in place, but it’s been difficult. It’s just not the same watching a singer through a window!
“After the success of the party, we’re now planning how we can do more external activities in a safe and covid-secure way, as everyone at the home is looking forward to getting out and about.”