The home lounge at Elmwood became a tropical oasis recently as residents enjoyed an afternoon zest activity. The activity was based on a Desert Island Workshop and delivered by Karima from the charity, Bright Shadow. Established in 2009, Bright Shadow enables people living with dementia to live well and to thrive through creative and meaningful activities.
To get into the spirit of being on a desert island, residents first immersed their hands in sun cream. They then enjoyed several activities - from singing “Copacabana” and “Summer Holiday”, holding blue Lycra sheets which imitated the sea, and playing with beach balls, to finding treasure items from the trays full of sand. Residents were also encouraged to use their imagination and share thoughts about a photo of an old abandoned ship to create a story, which they called Journey to Home.
Afterwards, there were drinks and cakes on offer and everybody agreed they were well-deserved. Jenny, a resident at Elmwood, commented how great it was to be part of this session and added: “I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was on the beach.”
George Kalsi, Activities Carer, also noted: “The session was fantastic. It brought so much energy and fun to everyone!”