The scores are in, the votes have been counted and verified, and… it’s a 10 for our Agincare homes! This month, residents and care teams waltzed into our hearts with their Strictly themed event.
Many care home activities took place during a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event spanning the month of October, made to provide fun, entertainment and activity all in one. Here, glistening glitter balls weren’t the only things that were shining; our radiant residents were looking pretty spectacular too!
Each care home’s events consisted of themed dance-related activities with a touch of glamour, in which residents and care teams alike were eager to take part. These activities included dance-themed quizzes, crafts and bingo games where the winners shimmied their way to a full house.
After the warm-up acts, many homes were in for a “Fab-u-lous!” treat, as the dancers took to the floor to entertain the resident judges. Our very own residents were the stars of the show, partnering with each other and care workers to dazzle.
In St Peter’s Care Home and Retirement Village in Bexhill, Bob took centre stage with his jivetastic moves and claimed many adoring fans, as you will see in the video above.
One resident, Jenny at Tilford Care and Nursing Home in Farnham, Surrey said
The best part of this week has been all the dancing and the sparkly decorations. I love dancing and I loved the dress.
Gemma Trussler, Tilford Activities Coordinator had this to say:
Everyone at Tilford have really enjoyed our strictly come dancing event, there has been crafts, quiz, dance bingo, cake baking and decorating, all were focused on the strictly theme.
We have watched strictly come dancing on the big screen and finally we had a fantastic afternoon dancing. Ballroom, jive, quick step, tango we tried them all.
The Team at Tilford always go above and beyond to make every day fun and engaging.
Not only was the day designed to bring laughter, joy and elegant entertainment, but it was also arranged specifically with the residents in mind. Activities can help stimulate body and mind; not only were residents enjoying the exercise, but research has shown that reminiscence can trigger positive memories in people with dementia.
Many residents may be part of the generation for which ballroom dancing would have been the staple of their social scenes, therefore, bringing this theme to life aimed to recreate this connection.
We aim to continue our themed activities in November with another nostalgia trip to the wonderful world of Rock ‘n’ Roll, where the mighty music of the ’50s and ’60s will be sure to get your toes a-tappin’ and legs a-shakin’!