Singer leaves residents ‘all shook up’

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for everyone at South Park Care Home in York, as residents and the team have all been getting involved in a number of activities – mostly which residents ended the day with a lovely piece of cake.

One of the home’s regular visitors leaves the residents ‘all shook up’ and reaching for their ‘blue suede shoes’ as he sings Elvis songs to them. During one of his visits, ‘Elvis’ took part in the home’s 60’s and 70’s fancy dress day, and got all of their residents up on their feet helping to make music by playing instruments of their own.

Joanne Fisher, Home Manager said: “Our singer is a firm favourite with our residents. He regularly visits each month to help celebrate our residents birthdays, taking them back to their young years when ‘The King’ had them swooning with his velvet voice.”

Keeping with the musical theme, to rival something out of the Broadway show ‘Hairspray’, a weekly visit to the hairdressers gets residents and their families in the singing mood. The activity co-ordinators in the homes, gather everyone together in the dining area to sing and entertain the residents who are having a bit of a pamper session.

It’s not just music that fills the halls of the home. The residents have been playing a guessing game with a twist. They have to throw a bean bag onto a number of letters placed on the floor, and depending what letter it falls on, the resident has to provide answers to questions starting with that letter. This led to some very creative answers depending on the letter.

On top of all of that, the home celebrated Mother’s Day with residents and their relatives. The chef made homemade cakes. Balloons, cards and flowers could be found in various rooms in the home.

Joanne Fisher added: “The atmosphere in the home has been fantastic. I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks, and seeing what activities and suggestions our residents have up their sleeves.”

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Date published: 15 September 2017

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