East Kilbride care home residents beat the January blues and embark on month-long virtual cruise

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Residents at Kingsgate care home in East Kilbride are beating the January blues and have embarked on a month-long virtual cruise across the world.

The home, based on Glasgow Road, wanted to ensure the ongoing pandemic did not prevent the residents from starting the new year with a bang, and decided the world cruise would be the perfect activity.

Each week staff and residents will virtually visit a different continent, starting with the Americas. Week two will see them visit Africa, week three will be Asia and the final week will be Europe.

Along the way the staff and residents are exploring food and drink from the various countries, with Mexican food being a particular favourite. The residents will also focus on culture, music and dance, and some fun facts about each country with quizzes, films and reminiscence activities.

Stuart Duffy, 78, a resident at Kingsgate care home, said: “The cruise is very interesting as I like to travel, and I’d like to go on a cruise as I haven’t done that. 

“I am looking forward to learning about the different cultures of the countries, and I am especially interested in the week when we go to the Asian countries.”

Catherine Lawson, 90, another resident at Kingsgate care home, said: “I have never been outside of the UK, so I am really enjoying learning about the various countries and tasting the food and drink. 

“I will never get to see these countries in person so doing it this way is just wonderful!”

You can follow Kingsgate care home’s virtual cruise on the home’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/KingsgateCareHomeEastKilbride.

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