IT was back to the 80s for a Leamington care home.
Arden House took a trip down memory lane in March with an open day inspired by all things 1980s.
Residents, relatives and staff at the Clarendon Square care home opened the doors to the community for a day of 80s food and music, big hair and lots of nostalgia.
Residents – many of whom are now in their 90s – selected the day’s theme and said that the 1980s only seemed like yesterday. They remembered it as a time of great change, with the UK’s first female prime minister, watching TV phenomenon Dallas on television and wondering who had bought a Sinclair C5 electric car.
Val Willis, a resident at Arden House, stated “I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was nice to see everyone dressed up and having a good time.”
Aimee Martin, the home’s manager, said it was a great day.
“We feel very much part of the community, and welcoming others into our home is something we have always enjoyed. We were delighted to see so many people coming over and joining in on the fun. Our residents chose the theme of the open day, which is how we operate at Arden – they take a lead role in the decisions we make.
“We believe that fun and friendship are a key part in keeping well and stimulated as you age, and were really pleased to spread that spirit to our neighbours!”
Children from St Peters Primary School and singer Kenyon Walker were in charge of the live entertainment.
Arden House, which delivers residential and dementia care, is part of award-winning provider Greensleeves Care. Arden House is run on a not-for-profit basis, with all fees going into delivering care and the financial assurance that no resident will be asked to leave if funding runs out while in care.