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.
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.