SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN STRIKES THE RIGHT NOTE FOR CARE HOME RESIDENTS

A special dementia-friendly screening of the Gene Kelly classic Singin’ In The Rain, screened yesterday at the Merlin Cinema in Wellington, was a great hit with its older audience. The film was shown as part of Wellington’s Dementia Week programme and was organised by the Wellington Dementia Action Alliance.

Residents and staff from Camelot House and Lodge with Emily-Anne Williams (left)

A group of five people with dementia were accompanied by staff from Camelot House and Lodge to view the matinée, travelling to and from their home on Taunton Road in a Slinky bus.

Activities co-ordinator, Richard Dempslake and his assistant Emily-Anne Williams, embraced the movie-themed day by dressing in yellow and red.

Richard said: “Our residents had a wonderful time, and sang along to all the songs.

“They especially enjoyed Gene Kelly’s big number, with his splash-filled umbrella dance.”

The outing is part of varied programme of activities organised for the residents of Camelot House and Lodge by Richard and assistant Emily-Anne. Other events planned for the near future include fruit-picking at Halberton Court Farm, an Indian cultural day, day-trips to the beaches at Exmouth and Dawlish, and a day when owl and birds of prey will be brought to the grounds of the home.

The care team at Camelot House and Lodge, run by Wellington-based dementia-care providers Camelot Care, were recently named winners for End of Life Care in the 2017 Care Focus South West Awards.

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