Residents at a care home climbed aboard a plane yesterday – without even leaving the building.
That’s because staff at Ashbourne Lodge Rest Home launched a summer of unique holiday experiences by dressing up as stewards and ‘flying’ to Africa on a plane put together inside its South Shore premises.
After boarding and being treated to the mid-flight meal, the residents will go on safari today – at Knowsley Safari park in Prescot – and eat a barbecue. They will also watch themed films and TV programmes.
Then, next month, they will visit the Winter Gardens for a traditional English tea before relaxing beside paddling pools and warm sand.
Later, flamenco dancers will visit the Seventh Avenue care home for a Spanish event, with wine tasting also on the cards. And in August, a ‘cruise’ is also planned, with several activities on offer.
Simay Adil, one of the home’s managers, said: “These are holidays the residents spoke about wanting to go on in their lifetimes and didn’t, or went on and wanted to relive.
“There’s going to be lots of sensory experiences and it’s about reminiscing and getting the residents to talk about what they have done and their past experiences. It’s all very therapeutic.”
Volunteers have been helping out, with a teacher at a nearby school helping out with artwork, along with children from a local nursery.
Ashbourne Lodge cares for residents aged from 55 to 101, including those with dementia and physical disabilities.
At its last inspection by industry watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC), it was found to meet all required standards.
“We observed that staff were able to provide treatment in a respectful, timely, and unhurried way,” its report added at the time.