Camelot Care Staff Embrace Bollywood

Residents at a nursing home near Wellington were invited to experience the vibrant tastes and sounds of South Asia at a special Indian Day.

The event at Camelot House & Lodge involved all staff including, kitchen, management, domestic, nursing, laundry and maintenance.

It was organised by activities co-ordinators Richard Dempslake from Camelot House and Angie Moore from Camelot Lodge.

“It was lovely to see all the staff getting involved and entering into the swing,” said Camelot’s activities co-ordinator Richard Dempslake.

“Our residents were entranced and enjoyed taking part in the celebrations. Music and dance have the ability to touch people at a deep level.”

Indian members of staff donned traditional outfits and make-up to perform Bollywood dance routines accompanied by music.

Customary Indian food was provided by Camelot chef Chris Morris and by Indian colleagues who work at the home which was also decorated for the occasion.

“It was a fantastic experience for both the staff and our residents and has proved so popular we aim to hold another Indian Day next year,” added Richard.

Bollywood dance style is a fusion of traditional Indian dance styles from classical Indian dance, folk Indian dance to the more current R&B and hip hop music.

Camelot House & Lodge, run by care providers Camelot Care, is home to up to 90 residents with memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

The group, who also have homes in Plymouth, Bridgwater and Yeovil, were winners in the End of Life Care category in the 2017 Care Focus South West Awards.

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