Above: Residents enjoy the benefits of outdoor exercise as they stroll across the care home’s grounds.
Residents at Shannon Court, in Surrey, have decided to beat the winter blues by enjoying what Mother Nature can offer. Supported by the Home’s staff, the residents wrapped up and went on an adventure across the care home’s woodlands.
Shannon Court promotes outdoor activities as a way to help residents build stronger muscles and bones, improve their blood circulation, boost their mood and provide a general sense of wellbeing.
Leah Oliver, one of the Home’s Activities Coordinators, says:
It was so lovely to see their faces, especially as some laughed along the way. Afterwards, we all enjoyed a warm drink back at the Home!
The residents were also elated when Harrison, Leah’s seven-year-old son, accompanied the group and brought his dogs with him. Leah says:
Having children and animals at Shannon Court is so beneficial. It’s very refreshing for residents as this helps bring back memories of when they were younger, so it’s a brilliant stimulation for their brains.
They all loved petting the dogs, getting lot of kisses and some even took the dogs for a little walk.
Having children at the Home also allows residents to have a presence in their local communities. Thanks to these initiatives, they are able to stay connected, which has a huge positive impact on their wellbeing.
[Summary: Residents at Shannon Court, in Surrey, went for a stroll across the care home’s extensive woodlands. Shannon Court promotes outdoor activities to support the residents’ mental health and wellbeing. Harrison, Activities Coordinator Leah Oliver’s seven-year-old son, accompanied the group and brought his dogs with him. Having children and pets at the Home is also beneficial for residents.]