The Beenstock Home has 36 residents split over 3 floors, each floor acting as its own bubble. During lockdown number 1, the unknown and the fear, residents lost a lot of the social interaction that they were used to. Having a brunch was a perfect opportunity to bring residents together (in the bubbles obviously!).
Catering to all resident diets and requirements a range of foods was served in all different flavours – trifles, custards, puddings, sugar free options and soft foods. To ensure everybody could be involved, including tube fed residents, there were various sensory activities to engage with. Sensory activities included toys, voice recorders and hand toys.
Chaya, Activity Coordinator at Beenstock Home, said the brunch was fabulous and went down well with residents – and it sounded like they didn’t need much for tea after! Residents have not stopped talking about how much they enjoyed it. The staff at Beenstock Home also saw it as a great success. With it being hard to make the day different for residents and with limited options, everybody made so much effort into making the day engaging, decorating the room and getting involved.
“it was a nice change from watching the 10am news”Beenstock Home Resident
Speaking with Chaya, one resident made a comment how “it was a nice change from watching the 10am news“, highlighting how it gave everybody a day away from focusing on the news and the negativity and fear of the pandemic.
Following the brunch, Beenstock Home have learnt how important it is for residents to be involved in activities and since has hosted various events, including a waffle morning. There was also plans in place to do something similar for Mental Health Awareness Week, so watch this space!