Somerset care home residents eager to be by the seaside!

Acer House residents who can’t wait to be beside the seaside (LtoR) Vickie Medley, Jean Barnes, Margaret Purcell and Edmund Kelly
Acer House residents who can’t wait to be beside the seaside (LtoR) Vickie Medley, Jean Barnes, Margaret Purcell and Edmund Kelly

Residents from Acer House Care Home in north Somerset have been so eager to take up residency in their newly acquired beach hut they have already been on an excursion to the seaside to sample the location.


Luxury care residency, Acer House, invested in the seaside hut as part of the company’s commitment to quality activities and as part of resident wellbeing, detailed in the personal care plans for each resident. When residents were asked what they most liked doing, visiting the seaside came out as a clear favourite, with relaxing in the sun and strolling along the famous promenade representing healthy and popular choices. The Recreation and Leisure team at Acer House will be involving residents and their families in the furnishing of the hut, and in planning events on the promenade throughout the coming year.


Acer House, owned by award winning healthcare provider Avery Healthcare, bid successfully during Weston super Mare Council’s first ever auction of 24 beach huts. As news of the win was announced, an early delegation from the Home went to inspect the hut, although it is not yet ready for opening.


Acer Court Care Home Manager, Kate Sweeting, said the news of the acquisition has created a real buzz amongst the residents. “They simply can’t wait to get there. I have already noticed a hugely positive change in the overall wellbeing at the home; they are excitedly planning their days, and what they are going to do at the seaside. One lady who has mobility issues has been doing additional exercises to improve her mobility. She loves walking along the seaside promenade, and now she knows that she will have a welcoming and restful place to relax in after her stroll.”


Acer House, which was purpose built by Avery Healthcare, is committed to quality care provision, focusing on all aspects of well-being, with a varied and exciting activities programme. The Home is also shortly to feature in a documentary funded by the Arts Council about elderly social inclusion.


Avery, which owns and operates luxury care homes throughout England, will be furnishing the hut in a traditional beach hut style, with bunting, chairs, a parasol and other comforts, so the residents will be able to use it whatever the weather. The hut is situated directly opposite the local putting green, and only a short walk from disabled parking bays.


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