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Residents at Hightown’s extra care housing scheme for the over 55s The Elms were treated to a fun-filled day of music, poetry,  and some friendly Alpacas after an exciting visit by Aylesbury Town Council’s Care Home Tours.

As part of an initiative to encourage intergenerational engagement, a group of youngsters were invited to entertain residents on Tuesday 13 February with sing-alongs of much-loved songs including Somewhere over the Rainbow, Amazing Grace and a mime performance to Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem, If.

The young guests then chatted to the residents to get to know more about them and their experience of living at The Elms.

The afternoon ended with a visit by animal-assisted learning charity Animal Antiks, who brought along a group of friendly Alpacas for residents and the young guests to get to know. The Alpacas took a stroll around the scheme lounge and garden, getting plenty of attention from the residents and young visitors.

Georgie, a resident at The Elms, said: “It was a marvellous event and everyone was so lovely. The singing was great and we all loved meeting and petting the alpacas!”

Sharon Hobbs, Operations Manager at Hightown, said:

“Care Home Tours is a really wonderful initiative to encourage older and younger people to meet and we’re delighted that residents at The Elms had an opportunity to take part in such an exciting day.”

Located on Verwood Road in Aylesbury, The Elms offers extra care housing as a practical alternative to moving into a care home, with 24-hour care and support available to residents. Residents are supported to live a good quality of life and encouraged to be as independent as possible.

The Elms consists of both one and two-bedroom self-contained Flats that are fully equipped with the latest technology that can be used to alert staff to any issues.  

All residents at The Elms benefit from a thriving community with a host of on-site activities including bingo and Creations arts and craft sessions. Residents also have access to a shared garden which has a vegetable patch with raised beds, a greenhouse and a courtyard garden with outside seating.