Loafing around at Belmont

The residents at Belmont House in Sutton, Surrey have been enjoying a regular baking club at the home.

The residents gather in the activities room twice a week, to enjoy baking sessions with the help of the activities coordinator. Normally they look through some recipes and see what they would like to make, this week they chose to make cheese & fruit scones and some poppy bread.

Traditional occupational therapies have been known for years to relieve many symptoms of depression and anxiety. Physical activities will help keep our body healthy which in turn can help combat depression and anxiety through the production and release of various endorphins.

Baking can be helpful in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and depression by combining the physical and mental benefits. The stimulation of all the senses; touch, smell, sight, sound and taste are all complimented in these activities. The feel of the flour and dough, sound of the blender, smell of the baking, sound of a blender and the final tasting! Kneading a batch of bread dough for 10/15 minutes can take away a lot of frustration and negative feeling, the weighing of the ingredients, the repetitive motions and the feeling of being in control could help keep calm and level anxiety feelings.

At the end of the session everyone had a chance to indulge in the backed goodies which in itself lifted the spirits of the residents involved as they watched everyone enjoying their hard work. I have to say the cheese scones smelt lovely as I walked along the corridor.

 

Belmont House provides specialist residential, nursing and dementia care in a purpose built environment.

If you would like to find out more about life at Belmont House and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5419 or belmont@CaringHomes.org.

Belmont House

Home Manager

Arthur Tanare

Address

75 Worcester Road,
Sutton,
Surrey,
SM2 6ND

Contact
0808 223 5407
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