Embrace Goes Beyond the Bus Pass!
Everyone loves a day out and our senior citizens probably enjoy theirs more than most. Without the structure of a working day, sometimes the days can stretch out and seem endless, so the prospect of a change of scene can be something to look forward to.
As a care provider, keeping our residents stimulated by taking them out and about is an important part of Embrace’s activities plans. Many of our homes have their own mini-bus and can easily get residents out for the day, whether it’s a local trip to the garden centre or a visit to the seaside.
We thought we’d share our residents’ favourite days out from last year, so – in no particular order, here are their top five destinations.
A lovely way to say goodbye to the summer, a group of our residents enjoyed a gorgeous autumn day out on the coast, seeing the world-famous illuminations along the Golden Mile.
The town boasts a host of attractions for visitors of all ages, including the Pleasure Beach, Madame Tussauds and Blackpool Tower, home of the historic ballroom that welcomes the dancers and celebrities of Strictly Come Dancing for one week during each series.
Our residents enjoyed the sunshine, tucked into fish and chips along the front and joined together in a spontaneous sing-song on the way home. They’ll be back again this year.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton
In September, a select group from our Oxfordshire care home took a trip to the Railway Museum, led by one resident who is a huge rail enthusiast.
The Centre is a great location for a day out, with lots to see and do for everyone. They hold children’s events, vintage car days, steam rallies, bus rallies and commercial vehicle rallies. Our group enjoyed a wonderful trip on a steam train and had a good look around the museum.
During the summer, some of our residents from the North East took a trip up to Liverpool Docks. While they were in the city of the Fab Four, they stopped off at the Museum of Liverpool and their very own Magical Mystery Tour took them up the coast a little to the wonderful Crosby Beach.
They stayed there for a while, had an ice cream and admired the ‘standing men’ of the Anthony Gormley installation, a hundred iron life-size statues sited across the beach. Slowly, as the tide came in, the standing men disappeared, one by one, under the rising waters.
Liverpool has much to offer as a city break destination, and a few years ago it enjoyed European City of Culture status. No trip is complete without a boat trip on the Mersey, with a chance to see the beautiful Liverpool skyline from the water, including the Three Graces – the Royal Liver building, the Cunard building and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board building.
Isle of Wight
For Embrace services on the south coast, a quick ferry ride takes residents to the beautiful Isle of Wight, a favoured destination.
The island has lots to offer in terms of attractions. For Embrace residents, a walk around Queen Victoria’s home Osborne House in East Cowes, just a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal, is a top treat. The day can be rounded off nicely by sampling the wares of the teashops of Cowes, just across the water via the floating bridge.
Local Garden Centres
Wherever our services are located across the country, our residents always enjoy a little trip out to a local garden centre, but it must have a good café! Browsing the plants and gift areas before tucking into a sandwich, cake or cream tea with a nice cuppa is a delight that never fails to appeal.
Residents use these regular visits to get ideas for our garden areas back at the homes, where gardening is often a pastime. Each year we run a national event called ‘Embrace in Bloom’ inviting our services to enter into a gardening competition in a number of categories. The winning service in each category wins gardening vouchers – which means another trip to the garden centre!
Our residents may be in the autumn of their lives, but their energy and enthusiasm for days out is admirable. Some of our residents, though, are not so mobile and outings are not always an option – in which case we bring the entertainment to them. Next time we’ll share with you the Top Five activities that our older people enjoy as part of life at an Embrace Care Home.