Northfleet Care Home Residents Bake up a Storm at Weekly Cookery Club

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The introduction of a new weekly cookery club has been a hit with residents at Dene Holm Residential Care Home, where the group have been busy whipping up batches of bread and jam.

Rising to the challenge of the weekly cooking club, the residents arrived armed with their aprons, ready to tackle the tough task of breadmaking, as well as making some delicious homemade jam, with some local seasonal strawberries.

The residents had a great morning, kneading, rolling and mixing and were particularly delighted with how their bread turned out. For many of them, who had never made bread from scratch before, it was a particularly rewarding activity.

Chris Hutchinson, General Manager of Dene Holm said: “Our new cookery club is growing in numbers from week to week, at first, just a few residents came along but now, there is a big group of them.

“They have great fun having a go at whatever is on the menu for the week and it’s really rewarding for them to be able to do it all themselves, start to finish and to try their treats too.”

Baking is incredibly beneficial for older people, particularly those living with dementia, as it really is something everyone of all abilities can have a go at. As well as engaging the senses and promoting a sense of calm, it promotes nostalgia and reminiscence too, making it a great activity to do together.

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