The children visited for a lively morning, which they spent finger and sponge painting, collecting pinecones for crafts, and playing bat and ball with the residents. They quickly became friends with residents and easily made themselves at home, engaging them in enthusiastic conversation and play within the beautiful grounds.
The playdate is the first of many between The Oaks and Lexden Lodge, and part of a series of organised events at the care home aimed at creating positive social environments for residents in a variety of ways.
Lindsay Ridley, Activity Co-coordinator, commented:
“It was such a great experience for both the residents and the children. Interacting with the children brought huge smiles to the residents’ faces, and it was good to see so much excitement on all sides. Events like this are a hallmark of good care, and we couldn’t be happier to have more planned. We all can’t wait for them to visit again.”
Sylvia Nevard, a resident at The Oaks Lexden, loved watching the children play rolly polly. She said:
“This reminds me of my children and grandchildren when they were that age.”