Betty and Alice prove it’s never too late to learn new skills

When Beech House Care Home in Barton-upon-Humber organised staff training on dealing with choking, the last thing they expected was for their residents to join in!

But when curious resident Betty Turner, aged 85, saw the ‘Choking Charlie’ dummy she couldn't resist trying out the techniques for herself, which led Home Manager Alison Hudspeth-Lamb to organise a training session specifically for Betty, her friend Alice and other residents. In the course of the session the elderly group reminisced about their own experiences of health and safety requirements during their working lives, and when they completed the course they all received a certificate.

Beech House Care Home Manager Alison Hudspeth-Lamb said:

"It was great to see our residents getting involved and taking part their own mini-training course. We have a happy, busy home here at Beech House, and we really encourage our residents to participate in as many activities as they are able.

“This experience has inspired some of our residents to take a lead in other areas; they have a meeting planned next week to discuss Christmas events – we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us!”

Date published: 3 October 2018

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