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Tupwood Gate Nursing Home arranges Surprise “visit” to Paris for Residents

Staff at Tupwood Gate Nursing Home brought a taste of France to Caterham with a Paris themed event day for residents.

With the nursing home unable to receive visitors until recently, due to the COVID 19 restrictions, staff at the home in Caterham, Surrey organised a mini “day out” to the French capital, inviting residents to sample French bistro inspired food and music.

Residents tucked into dishes such as ‘Poulet en Croute’ and ‘Tarte Francaise’ under a model of the Eiffel Tower, and staff dressed in clothing commonly associated with France.

Other activities included a French themed word game where residents had to create new words out of the term ‘Eiffel Tower’ and a quiz.

Tupwood’s Housekeeper Edgar Kissok A Yakan who is among staff who speak French, also recited poetry from the French poet Lamartine, and pictures were taken next to the Eiffel Tower too, as a souvenir of the event.

The event was such a success that Service Manager Paula Deadman is lining up more “away days” to places around the world. She said: “We definitely want to do more themed days and virtual tours, tying in with places that our residents have visited or lived in. It’s great for reminiscence, but the most important thing is that they have fun.”

“We have plans later in the year to take them virtually to India, Mexico and the Caribbean and have booked dancers and bands to come to entertain them on those days.”

 

 
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