Team Verwood Create Winter Wonderland For Delighted Residents

Christmas officially arrived at Verwood House when residents were treated to a Winter Wonderland experience in mid-December.

Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coach Emilia Turner and her colleagues laid on all sorts of festive fun – including Christmas refreshments, games and a carol sing-a-long.

Emilia created a faux fireplace by the tree where residents gathered to drink luxurious hot chocolate, eat homemade mince pies, and share fond memories of Christmases past.

The team also added a light projector to create a multi-sensory experience for residents living with dementia.

According to Emilia, it was a fantastic afternoon that everybody enjoyed.

Emilia said: "We wanted to bring the winter wonderland experience indoor for the residents – and they really appreciated the effort.

"Penny, one of our residents, complimented the team on doing a great job and being creative.

"For us, the true reward was seeing happy faces as we ate, drank and made merry."

Residents at Verwood can also send their Christmas post through a unique delivery service

A beautifully decorated post box is now in situ at reception, and Emilia delivers cards all around the home.

Recently, children at three local schools have been kind enough to send handmade cards and messages to the residents.

Post arrived from Hillside Pre-school, Trinity CE First School and Verwood Day Nursery, including a special video of the children singing carols for residents.

Emilia added: "The children's cards and messages brought so much joy to the residents – and we all loved reading them.

"Hillside Pre-school even sent us a video of carols, which was a special treat."

Meanwhile, teachers at the Verwood Day Nursery said that it was their pleasure to spread Christmas cheer across the community.

They said: "The children at Verwood Day Nursery absolutely loved making some special Christmas cards for the residents of Verwood House Care Home.

"From one generation to the next, it's lovely for the children to be able to share their Christmas wishes with the local community."