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Residents rule at Cherry Trees Care Home

Residents definitely rule to roost at Cherry Trees Care Home in Barnsley following the introduction of their Residents Committee.

The Committee has been running since the start of the year and have already had an impact deciding what activities the residents should do in the home.

Residents have been getting handy in the kitchen, baking a batch of delights to enjoy with their coffee mornings, enjoying an entertainment evening with local entertainers who got all of the residents involved, and even one or two of them on their feet.

Residents have been joined by students from the local college, playing board games with each other keeping a tally of the overall winners – currently the golden oldies are beating the hip youngsters.

One of the most recent activities caused a friendly division between the residents and the team. Maxine Gascoigne, Resident Experience Regional Manager explains: “Last week Zoolab came in and offered pet therapy to the residents, with a slight twist. Instead of bringing the usual fluffy animals, such as guinea pigs and rabbits, they brought a rat, a Chilean Rose tarantula, a lizard and a selection of snakes. The residents had a whale of a time, but some of the team scarpered at the sight of seeing the spider and the snakes. Once the pets had gone, normal service resumed once again in the home.”

It’s not all been fun and games at the home. Residents and the team alike have celebrated a number of milestones. One resident celebrated her 80th birthday, whilst the homes residing married couple celebrated 61 years of wedded bliss.

Maxine Gascoigne added: “The feedback from our residents is very positive. In the last three months our Quality of Life Programme shows that 100% of them are happy living at Cherry Trees, and they all believe their views are listened to.

“Keep up the good work guys. I look forward to hearing and seeing what else the Residents Committee has up their sleeve.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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