Last Friday, residents at a local Worthing care home started to get into the festive spirit by celebrating Christmas Jumper Day.
Caer Gwent, a residential nursing care home, saw lots of the residents participate in the day, donning their festive fleeces and jazzy jumpers to kick start a busy month of Christmas activities.
Marking the 10th annual Christmas Jumper Day, this provided a great atmosphere and festive buzz in the residential care home.
Clare Feest, Care Home Manager at Caer Gwent, said: “Everyone in Caer Gwent, whether a resident or member of staff, loves getting involved in anything Christmassy, and Christmas Jumper Day was no exception.
Our residents get excited and really enjoy the events and merriment in the run up to Christmas. It’s lovely to have an opportunity to do and wear something different, come together for a good cause, and really turn up the festive feeling in our home.”
Celebrating Christmas as an older person can provide many great benefits, whether living independently or in a residential care home. Samantha Paynter, Activities Coordinator at Caer Gwent said: “Ensuring that our elderly loved ones are included in Christmas celebrations is so important, as it can have such a huge effect on their wellbeing.
“By arranging lots of activities and events over the Christmas period, we help to keep our residents entertained, in good company and high spirits and prevent loneliness or a decline in their mental health.”
Sammy continued: “We aim to have several events every month to give our residents something to do and look forward to, but Christmas Jumper day is great for getting everyone in the spirit, and lots of our residents love children too, so they are thrilled to be doing something for a good cause that they care so much about.”
The rest of the staff at Caer Gwent like to make Christmas an especially enjoyable time for the residents.
Henry who works for the care home’s maintenance team, had previously built a dedicated Santa sleigh for residents and loved ones to use during visitations. Making it all by hand, Henry said: “Working in a care home is a real privilege, you get to meet lots of lovely people and their families and get to know their stories. Marking the start of all Christmas activity at Caer Gwent, this sleigh has already brought so many smiles to their faces so it is a gift that keeps on giving.”