The care home garden was transformed into a beach to cheer up residents who are unable to visit the beach due to COVID restrictions
St Andrew’s Court, Exemplar Health Care’s complex needs nursing home in Hull, transformed its garden into a beach named ‘St Andrew’s Court Cove’, for all residents to enjoy during August.
The home’s 18 residents, who have been unable to leave the care home for the duration of the COVID pandemic, took advantage of the sunshine by relaxing on a beach built by care home colleagues, fully equipped with deck chairs, sand and beach decorations.
Exemplar Health Care is a leading provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with a range of complex and high acuity needs. Its community-based homes provide person-centered care and rehabilitation that focus on maximising independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.
Kath Dye, St Andrew’s Court Home Manager, said: “St Andrew’s Court Cove has been a success, with many of our residents reminiscing and being taken back to their childhood. Unfortunately, quite a few of our residents haven’t been able to go to the beach for years, so it was fantastic to see how excited everyone was to have a beach right outside in the garden, and to be able to feel the sand on their hands and toes.
“During what’s been a difficult time, our amazing team put in a lot of effort to provide our residents with a unique experience. They have done a phenomenal job in creating memories and putting smiles on everyone’s faces, whilst providing new sensory experiences which are very important to develop senses and relax.”