Residents at Herald Lodge care home in Coventry enjoyed a memorable trip to Coventry Cathedral, nearly 76 years to the day after the Cathedral and the rest of the city was devastated by bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe.
Many residents remembered the night of 14 November 1940 and this sparked much conversation for the group during their walk round the ruins of the old cathedral and then the newly built cathedral. One resident, Jean Mooney, commented on how amazing it was to revisit the cathedral, as she has been to midnight mass there with her family many years ago. She said “I had a very nice day, it was an educated day learning all about the cathedral and I thoroughly enjoyed it”.
After a good look round, the residents had worked up an appetite and enjoyed lunch at The Establishment, an old court room transformed into a bar and grill. This provided further interesting topics of conversation for the residents, with Jean taking advantage of the free refills of tea – she informed the waitress that she would definitely be visiting again!
Rachel Hallinan, Home Manager at Herald Lodge, was delighted by the buzz in the home once the residents had returned from their trip. She said, “Everyone who went to the cathedral had a great time, and they were so excited to tell us all about it when they got back. Our trips and activities are so fulfilling – one particular resident said that he hadn’t thought he could ever have days like this anymore. When you hear him say that, it makes me very proud to think that our staff team made this happen for him.”
Herald Lodge provides residential and dementia care for 42 local older people. Through a varied programme of activities, highly nutritious food and inspirational spaces, the home provides residents with person-centred care, creating aspirational lifestyle choices. After the amazing trip to Coventry Cathedral, the residents are already deciding where they would like to visit next!