Anyone for tennis? Cheltenham nursing home serves an ace for dementia residents

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11th July 2022

With the first week of Wimbledon well underway, residents at Wentworth Court Nursing Home in Cheltenham have been serving up their own version of the world-famous tournament.

The residents at the dementia-specialist nursing home enjoyed playing soft tennis and tennis-themed games before indulging in a traditional strawberry tea and glass of Pimms.

Residents spent the weeks leading up to Wimbledon fortnight crafting props and decorations for the event, including their own tennis net, decorated headbands and their version of the golden trophy to be received by the men’s singles winner on July 10.

Wellbeing Manager, Suzanne Meadows said: “We’ve been watching Wimbledon on the big screen in our lounge since Monday, cheering on Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu and now it’s for our residents to take turns at the net.

“Events like these are wonderful for those who live with us and tremendous fun for the team, encouraging socialisation, stimulating conversation and reminiscence over sporting memories.

“Naturally, there is tremendous benefit in residents taking part in gentle exercises and the adapted tennis games and we have certainly seen some competitive spirts here today!”

Wentworth Court hosted the Wimbledon afternoon with invited guests from the local community as part of Championing Social Care’s Care Home Open Week campaign.

The home is regularly open to the local community, including projects with local schools, toddler groups and a dementia choir in partnership with the Everyman Theatre, as part of the home’s commitment to community engagement.

Care Home Open Week runs from 27 June – 3 July 2022.

For more information about Wentworth Court, call 01242 263334

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