On Sunday (1 October), Sanctuary Care hosted tea dances for its residents and visitors from their local communities in support of the national day, which celebrates older people and encourages groups and organisations to host free events to help combat loneliness and reduce isolation.
For Sanctuary Care, this year’s Silver Sunday celebrations were extra special because they marked the beginning of the organisation’s 20 year anniversary of delivering care.
Sanctuary Care’s Managing Director Mark McCarthy said: “We were very proud to once again champion Silver Sunday and extend the care and kindness shown in our homes to the wider community. We really valued having the opportunity to welcome older people from our local areas to share this very special day with our residents and teams – a very fitting event to mark the start of Sanctuary Care’s 20 year anniversary.”
There were a variety of different themes for the events. Lake View Residential Care Home in Brookside, Telford hosted a masquerade ball complete with live music, a school band and plenty of dancing.
Meanwhile in Pershore, Worcestershire, there was an array of feathered headbands and glitzy dresses as the team and residents at Heathlands Residential Care Home stepped back in time with a 1920s themed event.
Residents and staff at The Rosary Nursing Home in Bridgwater, Somerset were transported back to a traditional English village fete from the comfort of the home with bright bunting, garden games and live music.
At Ivydene Residential and Nursing Home in Ivybridge, Plymouth the team dressed as land girls and officers for their 1940s themed celebration.
And in Hersden, Kent, residents at Meadow View Residential and Nursing Home rolled back the clock for a 1950s rock and roll-inspired party.