Residents at a Barrhead care home have travelled across Europe, sampling the local cuisine and cultures, without even packing a suitcase.
Staff at Bupa’s Norwood Care Home have been transforming spaces around the home to host a variety of different country-themed nights and transport its residents around the globe.
The residents are travelling across Europe, making stops cities across the way. Each night consists of traditional music from the destination of choice, along with culturally appropriate activities and a menu to match the theme. So far this year, residents have tried a taste of the Mediterranean in Italy, spent the afternoon in Paris, and had a night in Munich.
Suzanne Pitkeathly, Activity Coordinator at Bupa’s Norwood Care Home, said: “The residents have loved travelling across Europe and getting a taster of the different cities. It’s proved really popular with all the residents able to get involved.
“Our evening in Venice got everyone to be hands on and join in. We had printed out blank masks and got the residents to decorate them in a masquerade theme.
“We do everything we can to give our residents the best quality of life at Norwood and we know that many enjoyed trips abroad in their younger years. That’s why we make put an emphasis on travel within our activity programme.”
The different themes have helped the residents reminisce and share stories of their own holidays and adventures abroad, while teaching those who haven’t visited countries more about their culture.
Situated in the peaceful residential area of Barrhead, Bupa Norwood is made up of two houses. Braes House offers care and support for the elderly while Fereneze View specialises in dementia care. Staff at the home have created a warm, friendly environment to give residents a balance of care and independence.