Hartford Care’s care homes have been in a festive mood, celebrating Julymas with parties and barbecues in the sunshine instead of the snow.
The care homes staged their events during the last two weeks of July but most of the activities took place over the weekend of 24th to 26th July.
Several held specially themed parties. Springfield Nursing Home in Ryde, Isle of Wight, went full-on festive with a barbecue featuring Christmas elves and a visit from Mrs Claus. It was aloha at The Laurels & Pine Lodge in Poole, Dorset, who held a Hawaiian-themed party while at West Cliff Hall in Hythe, Hampshire, everybody wore tie-dye tee-shirts to go with their Santa hats.
Woodlands House in the New Forest enjoyed a Christmas themed games afternoon and at Malden House in Sidmouth, Devon, they organised an Australia Day barbecue.
Emma Jones, Hartford Care’s Operations Director explains: “Most of our care homes were not able to properly celebrate Christmas in December because of the visiting restrictions which meant their relatives and loved ones could not join them during this special time.
“We saw that the supermarket Aldi was advertising Christmas food in June so we thought having a Julymas would be a wonderful way for our residents and teams to enjoy a little bit of festive cheer during these very challenging times. It was fantastic fun for everyone, and we are delighted so many of our care homes put on special events for the occasion.”