School children and care home residents joined together to illuminate care homes with Christmas lights, songs and decorations as they each played host to a range of festivities.
Thursday 1st December marked a special occasion where Christmas lights were switched on concurrently at two of Signature’s care homes in the capital, with each home marking their celebrations in their own distinctive manner.
School pupils from Hendon Primary School paid a visit to Signature at Hendon Hall to perform Christmas carols, and enjoy a selection of snacks with the care home’s residents. The singing provided the ideal warm up to the light switch on, which was completed at the care home’s grand entrance.
Signature at Wimbledon also brought in the Christmas period with an array of Christmas carols, and saw resident Alan Thompson selected to switch on the lights at the care home after serving ginger biscuits, mulled wine and mince pies to residents, relatives and colleagues from a stall.
Commenting on the celebrations at Signature at Hendon Hall, Vera Schaufeld, a resident at the care home, said:
“Joining together with Hendon Primary School was a lovely occasion, as it shows how two very different generations can celebrate the Christmas period with decorations and some carol singing.
“I will enjoy the decorations and share gifts around the home, and look forward to more activities throughout the rest of the Christmas holidays!”
Celebrations at all 36 Signature care homes across London and the south east proved particularly poignant as it marked the first anniversary of the operator’s new, enlarged family of care homes.
It came following the integration of 20 former Sunrise and Gracewell care homes into the newly formed Signature Senior Lifestyle brand in December 2021.
Commenting on Signature Senior Lifestyle’s first anniversary, Kay Cox, Chief Operating Officer at Signature Senior Lifestyle said:
“Just as families and loved ones come together over the Christmas period, we felt it was a wonderful opportunity for our family of care homes to unite at Christmas.
“Over the last 12 months, we have welcomed wonderful new residents and talented team members to our homes. Whilst each home has their own community, we have a shared bond that spreads across more than 2,000 residents and 3,500 colleagues.
“The light switch on is also an important opportunity to reflect on cherished residents whom we have sadly lost throughout the year and to pay a special tribute to them.”