With less than a week until pubs and restaurants open their gardens and patios to customers once more, residents at a Cheltenham nursing home haven’t had to wait that long to enjoy a beer or two.
Resourceful staff at Wentworth Court, which specialises in dementia care, have brought the buzz of the bar room to residents by staging the inaugural Wentworth Beer Festival.
“We decided to host our first ever beer festival to enable residents to enjoy a great social experience,” says Wellbeing Manager, Suzanne Meadows.
“When choosing the beers for them to enjoy, I particularly looked at where they were brewed so that residents may recognise some of them. Many of our residents are well-travelled and the festival evoked conversation and some happy memories with beers from different parts of the world.
“We also had some non-alcoholic varieties of beer and soft drinks for residents who just want to enjoy the event but do not want beer. Nibbles and bar snacks were of course part of the experience!”
Residents enjoyed traditional pub games including dominoes, table skittles, shove half penny, cards and a sing-a-long to jukebox classics via a big screen.
General Manager Gez Ossai added, “Many of our residents loved a trip to the pub before lockdown to enjoy a tipple, so we thought why not bring the traditional atmosphere of a pub to their home?”
Wentworth Court is Cheltenham’s only specialist dementia nursing facility and is home to 60 residents. For more information, call 01242 263334