THIS heart-warming video captures the moment care home residents were treated to a horse-drawn carriage ride – inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Pulled by two white stallions, the black and red stage coach took more than 30 residents, including those diagnosed with dementia, on a trip around the local area in Bournemouth.
Staff at the Bupa Care home in Bournemouth surprised residents with the Victorian-style carriage trip[/caption]
The black and red stage coach took more than 30 residents on a trip around the local area[/caption]
Residents were delighted with the huge surprise[/caption]
Staff at the Bupa Care home – which is in tier two – surprised residents with the Victorian-style carriage trip to get them into the Christmas spirit and end the year on a high.
They also installed a snow machine at the home and decorated the residency with festive lanterns and a tree – in addition to giving everyone a personalised gift and the chance to sing some carols.
Claudia Carvell, manager of Bupa’s The Lindsay care home, said: “Now more than ever it’s important to go the extra mile to make people smile, and everybody’s face lit up when they saw the carriage.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone and our care home residents haven’t been able to get out to see the decorations like they normally would – so it was our job to bring Christmas to them.”
Multiple trips took place earlier this week to ensure as many residents as possible would get the chance to travel in style – and embrace the festivities.
Joan Blackshaw, aged 91, said: “We have been well and truly spoiled – it was such a lovely surprise and has left me feeling very Christmassy.
“Seeing Santa took me back to my younger years when I used to take the children and grandchildren to visit him each year, and the carriage was wonderful – I’d never been on one before.”
Claudia Carvell added: “We know that animals can have a really positive effect on people, especially those living with dementia, and that was definitely true today – the reactions were just incredible.
“While it might seem like a small gesture, it means so much to us that residents get to enjoy Christmas and we’ll be working hard to keep the celebrations going.”
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Colleagues at the home spent weeks buying gifts for residents and plan to spend Christmas Day opening them, before enjoying a full festive feast lunch prepared by their in-house chef.
The home set up a residents’ committee to help choose the celebrations for 25 December – such as the carols, food and selection of Christmas cocktails including raspberry martinis and Buck’s Fizz.
Relatives will also be able to pay a visit thanks to a designated visiting room which was installed especially earlier this month.
They also installed a snow machine at the home[/caption]
Everyone was given a personalised gift and the chance to sing some carols.[/caption]
Residents have said they felt ‘spoiled’ after the day of treats[/caption]