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Thirsk Care Home Residents Travel Back in Time to ‘The Good Old Days’

Published: Monday 19th October 2020

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Residents at Thirsk care home, Hambleton Grange, have been transported through ‘five eras in five days’ thanks to an idea from the care team to reminisce with residents about ‘the good old days’. Following the success of the recent ‘Holiday Cruise’ week which saw residents ‘visit’ five luxury holiday destinations, the staff decided to replicate the themed week but with a new and fun twist to travel ‘Through the Eras’. 
Throughout the week, residents were thrilled each morning to wake up and find their home had been transformed into a scene from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with handmade decorations to match. The team organised traditional meals from the eras and the daily activities and entertainment were centred around the decade, such as the end of the war, Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation, the introduction of household appliances and England winning the world cup!
The team also chose to dress up each day in homage to each era, which was a hit with residents who gave them fashion tips and even wanted to join in and dress up too. Some of the highlights from the week were: daily ‘Through the Eras’ quizzes, learning to jive, making ‘groovy’ tie-dye shirts and even recreating their own 80’s classic ‘The Price is Right’ game show. 
Staff used residents #thisisme life history booklets to identify any key activities and themes for the week that would be personal to the residents. One resident stated in her booklet that she was a huge QUEEN fan, so of course, famous music from the band such as ‘We Will Rock You’ was incorporated in the agenda for the 70’s day!
Resident, Caroline Graham, said, ‘I don’t know where to begin - this week has been incredible! The team have gone above and beyond for us. We have had so many exciting things to do. I loved learning how to jive again and had so much fun jiving with the staff at our milkshake dance – I think the entertainers were very impressed with our moves! It has been great to revisit the good old days, we have all had a blast!’.
Lifestyle Manager, Linzi Williamson, said, ‘We have all had such a wonderful time this week, being able to ‘go back in time’ and find out more about life during each decade was excellent - we have heard such brilliant stories. It’s been fun planning each day and to have had such fabulous feedback from our residents and their families makes it all the more rewarding’.
Home Manager, Nikki Higgins, said, ‘Our residents have had a brilliant time during our ‘Through the Eras’ week and being able to do personalised and special activities is such a rewarding part of our jobs. It is great to see how happy our residents are due to the dedication, commitment and creative thinking of the team. The week has also been incredibly fun and has given a brilliant boost in morale - I am incredibly proud of my team!’.
Hambleton Grange, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home boasting an art gallery, hair salon and spacious lounges.  Residents at Hambleton Grange enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities managed by a dedicated team of carers.  The home is rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.  For more information about Hambleton Grange, contact Home Manager, Nikki Higgins on 01845 523 837 or visit