Love was in the air at Crossways residential care home, in Cheshire, as residents came together to grow their very own memory tree in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Residents at the Croftwood Care-run home cut out red, heart-shaped paper leaves and inscribed them with moving messages for loved ones past-and-present, before hanging them from a twisted willow branch taken from the garden.
The activity turned residents’ thoughts to love and prompted an afternoon of reminiscence as they recalled past Valentine’s Days and other romantic memories. A special Valentine’s Day party followed the crafts session, and residents enjoyed the dulcet tones of a local entertainer, who serenaded partygoers with a medley of love songs.
Kelly Egerton, Home Manager at Crossways, said: “Activities that encourage reminiscence are really important for older people, and our Valentine’s memory tree craft session was a great way to bring residents together to share fond memories of loved ones. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed creating the tree, which now takes pride of place in our foyer area and makes a colourful addition to our home.”