There have been plenty of festivities at our home this December, with staff, residents, and relatives getting into the Christmas spirit. We've all had so much fun together making special memories, and there's lots more to come as we celebrate the big day itself and prepare for the new year.
Tree Decorating, Wreath Making, and Flower Arranging
For many, Christmas time is associated with family traditions, and this time of year can evoke many happy and special memories shared with loved ones. We believe in the importance of enabling residents to continue with those traditions, as it means a lot to them, and is an important part of reminiscence.
One tradition that many residents share is dressing Christmas trees and making decorations. Our residents were only too happy to participate, bringing the home to life by placing baubles on the tree and creating their very own wreaths from hula hoops and tinsel.
Getting creative in all different ways is fantastic for residents as it encourages socialising, helps stimulate the mind, and also gives an incredible sense of purpose. Themed sessions, such as Christmas crafts, are also a great way of celebrating and it was really lovely to see residents take pride in their creations and the joy that they brought them when the wreaths were hung around the home.
A Special Christmas Performance
At Bothwell Castle Care Home, we love welcoming younger members of our community into the home, whether that's youth groups, local schools, or nurseries.
We were very lucky this month to welcome the young performers from Star Power Performing Arts. The children came and sang for our residents, who were absolutely delighted to see their happy faces and hear the beautifully sung Christmas songs.
Spending time with children really has a positive impact on our residents as they love to reminisce and share stories from when they were that age. It can also positively impact the development of children, helping to improve their ability to interact socially and communicate with others.
Aladdin the Pantomime
It's not Christmas without a pantomime, and our residents in the Lairds Gate Unit were very fortunate to have a visit from some performers who put on a fantastic show of Aladdin.
The cast dressed up in their characters wonderfully and with the use of props and backdrops, it really was an exceptional afternoon for our residents. The show has everyone laughing, singing along, and getting into the Christmas Spirit.
We still have plenty more festivities to come including the big day itself, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming loved ones and members of the community to join our staff and residents over the last few days of December.
From us all at Bothwell Castle Care Home in Uddingston, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.