Staff and residents at The Magna Care Centre near Wimborne recently welcomed new charity ‘Alive!’ to deliver one of their interactive ‘variety hour’ sessions.
Alive! is a new South-West based charity dedicated to connecting with people now living in residential care. The charity conducts interactive activity sessions which help stimulate care home residents through sing-alongs, poetry & verse, quizzes, anagrams, last night of the proms, and physical activities such as giant balloon play, being in a percussion band and conducting the orchestra.
Alive! Regional Manager, Malcolm Burgin said:
“It was a real pleasure to lead our first session at the Magna Care Centre. We were met with such warmth and enthusiasm from staff and residents alike. It was such fun to see everyone really getting involved with all aspects of our Variety Hour and so obviously enjoying themselves. We're greatly looking forward to a return visit!”
The session was organised to form part of an ongoing programme of activities designed around residents’ hobbies and interests.
Magna Manager, Helen Pessell commented:
“The session was brilliant. We run a wide variety of activities to suit our residents’ interests, and Alive! managed to fit many of those into one session. The gentlemen that came took the time to introduce themselves personally to all the residents here no matter what their abilities and then remembered all their names and used them throughout the session, which was enjoyed by everyone.
After a residents meeting it was unanimously decided that we would ask them to return every two months and we have already booked the next three sessions.”
The Magna is run by family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery. The home provides residential and specialist nursing care for up to 65 elderly ladies and gentlemen in the picturesque village of Canford Magna, near Wimborne in Dorset.