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Nursing Home Staff in Kent Become their Best elves for Alzheimer’s Society

Staff at Barty House Nursing Home, in Bearsted, unleashed their inner elf while handing over a donation of £2,330 to Alzheimer’s Society.

As part of the charity’s annual Elf Day on Friday December 3, the home’s boldest residents and staff dressed from head to toe in pixie-wear, joining thousands of fundraisers around the country also donning their festive attire for the occasion.

Barty House, one of Canford Healthcare’s eleven residential and nursing homes, invited Liz Taylor, Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect Local Services Manager in Kent, to be part of the festive fun.

As well as getting dressed up, Liz joined residents in one of their favourite seasonal activities, handmade Christmas tree decorations, followed by a slap-up tea. She said: “I had a fabulous time meeting staff and residents and joining in with the festivities.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Barty House for being their best elves this festive period. Elf Day is a fantastic opportunity for friends, colleagues and families to come together and have some fun.”

Adding to the day, home manager David Willis presented Liz with a cheque for £2,330. He said: “We are delighted to be supporting Alzheimer’s Society and all the valuable work that the charity does. Many of our own residents are in the early stages of dementia and we know that living with the condition can be difficult and frightening for residents and their families, especially as it progresses. At Barty we are focussed on providing the care and support that ensure all our residents feel safe, secure and supported during their time with us.”

The home’s festive-themed fundraising event comes at a crucial time for people living with dementia and their carers. People with dementia have been worst hit by coronavirus, and for many this festive season, the magic of Christmas will be marred by families having to cope with an unmanageable and irreversible decline in their loved ones.

Liz said: “Christmas can be a challenging and isolating time for people affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s Society often sees an increased demand for our services from families noticing changes in loved ones over the festive period.