A Devon care home has opened its open German style Christmas market to spread festive cheer for residents.
The Old Rectory Care Home, in Old Tiverton Road, Exeter has set up the market in its newly created beer garden.
The residents, who already have their own pub and cinema room, welcomed the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Lesley Robson, to open the market.
She said: “I am very impressed by the work that has gone into making this authentic German-style Christmas market and it’s a perfect way to bring residents and visitors together to enjoy the festivities, with the care home which feels safe and familiar.”
Each of the authentic wooden chalets has been dressed in twinkling lights, garlands and festive ornaments, offered a replicated and authentic Christmas Market – hot food, steaming mulled wine, crafts and even a confectionary stall complete with an indulgent chocolate fountain.
Residents, family and guests made festive activities, taking part in an elves workshop making keepsake trinkets and Christmas ornaments; making contributions to the crafts and gifts stall. Children visiting the home enjoyed face painting and a special visit from Father Christmas, with each child receiving a token gift.
In keeping with the theme staff wore festive fancy-dress costumes and performed a medley of Christmas classics from Nat king Cole to Wham!. The addition of a snow machine, helped to make it a truly magical Christmas.
Wooden chalets have been set up at The Old rectory care home in Exeter for its very own Christmas market
Geoffrey Cox, Managing Director of Southern Healthcare, said: “We keep doing these fantastic events as often as we can to bring the outside in, do something really different and create magical memories for residents and their families. It excites people and gives them something to look forward to and reflect on. All the focus is on what fun life has to offer, which is not something you traditionally see in a care home.”
The home is owned by the multi-award-winning independent care provider Southern Healthcare, which has four care homes in Devon.
Earlier this year it received the coveted ‘Overall Outstanding’ rating by Care Quality Commission (CQC), in four domains; effective responsive, caring and well-led. The 2017 care award-season continued when TOR’s housekeeper Andy Cowling reached the final of the National Dementia Care Awards 2017 as ‘Best Activities Co-ordinator’. This was followed recently by TOR winning ‘The Care Team Award’ for South West Care Awards 2017.
Source: Devon live