Blandford care home residents welcome local students to ‘pimp my zimmer’

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Residents at Blandford Grange Care home in Blandford near Dorset have enjoyed a morning of fun and creativity with local students ‘pimping’ their ‘zimmers’ and wheelchairs.

Thirty-one year three students from Milldown First School, which is situated next to the home, visited the residents on Thursday 4th May, to take part in the exciting project.

The children, aged 7-8 years old, spent time decorating the residents’ Zimmer frames and wheelchairs to personalise them with fun accessories. Blandford Grange is part of the Healthcare Homes group, which launched the ‘Pimp my Zimmer’ initiative across its homes earlier this year.

Every year, activities co-ordinators set group wide challenges which look to provide fun and engaging events and opportunities for residents. The aim of the challenge is to bring together staff, residents and their friends and families and members of each home’s local community to design and create personalised, eye-catching, instantly-recognisable zimmer frames and wheelchairs.

Manager of Blandford Grange, Deborah Davies said, “We have enjoyed such a lovely morning with the students today.  They all got very involved with the challenge, working with the residents to create some fantastic designs which have brightened up the home and have made each zimmer or wheelchair very individual.

“We asked the school to come and take part as it’s very important for us to organise opportunities for our residents to engage with members of the community, both young and old. We like to come up with new and interesting ways to make life at the home fun and enjoyable, and projects such as this provide real entertainment for everyone at Blandford Grange.”

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