05/09/2023

Haslewood care home brings the beach to its service users

Man in a wheelchair, female staff member and a male magician cheering with his hand in the air, in front of a puppet show

The seaside came to Haslewood, a learning disability registered care home, in Hoddesdon, as staff hosted a fun-filled beach party for their service users to enjoy.

The outside area of Haslewood care home, which is run by Hightown Housing Association, was transformed into a traditional beachside to bring the concept to life.

Service users got to enjoy the authentic beachgoing experience and took part in activities including, a puppet show, balloon modelling, beach themed photo stand and a magic man entertaining the crowd. There were lots of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Service users tucked into their beach inspired lunch of fish and chips before receiving a visit from the local ice cream van, which went down an absolute treat. 

It was a very special day for service users as their family members and loved ones also joined in on the fun.

Staff became resident DJs for the day, playing the service users favourite tunes to dance and sing along to. It was a fun packed day and everyone had a marvellous time.

A family member of a service user said at the event:

"Since living at Haslewood, my brother is back to his old self – the staff are really caring and take the time to get to know him and the things he likes. I feel completely confident with the support Martyn receives and really appreciate all the activities and events they have arranged!"

Raymond George, registered care manager at Haslewood, said:

"We wanted to bring the beach to the service users so they could experience the seaside without having to leave the care home. I am extremely proud of my team for organising a brilliant and successful event. It was wonderful to see the smiles on our service users' faces throughout the day and seeing them relish the time with their loved ones and fellow service users was worth it."

Francis Zvoma, head of care and supported housing service at Hightown Housing Association, said:

“It was a fantastic event filled with great energy. Our role as care and support providers is to ensure that our service users are living a fulfilled and happy life and are being exposed to different activities and experiences. I’m pleased to say we’re delivering just that and our staff should be proud of themselves for going above and beyond to provide exceptional care to our service users.”

Haslewood is a registered care home and provides care and support to eight service users with complex learning disability.