Sanctuary Care resident Ray Raymond

Sanctuary Care residents enjoy virtual voyage around Europe to boost spirits

By Bethany Hemsley

Sanctuary Care has launched a national ‘virtual voyage’ initiative allowing their residents to enjoy a summer holiday this year.  

The activity has proven successful in previous years in a number of Sanctuary Care’s homes, however, this year it has gone national.

With more than 100 Sanctuary care homes participating, residents are boarding the cruise and ‘travelling’ to eight different European destinations over the course of two months.

Each week residents will get to experience a different city including Nice, Malaga, Rome and Athens.

Passengers are given personalised passports and boarding passes, and cabin crew even wear uniforms. Residents live like they are on board a cruise ship, with bedrooms decorated with porthole window props and the home manager’s office transformed into the helm of the ship.

Resident Marie O’Grady with her personalised boarding pass and passport

Activities include dancing, crafting and food tasting. Highlights from the trip to Spain will include making Sangria, while on a visit to France residents will paint their own Monet masterpiece.

The initiative is part of Sanctuary Care’s vision of enriching residents’ lives.

“The virtual trips will provide a fun and safe environment for residents to connect with each other, evoke memories of holidays to European destinations with loved ones,” says Sheila O’Connor, director of operations, “This initiative truly demonstrates our high-quality care and the commitment and dedication of our staff.” 

Sheila O’Connor

Care home staff who take on the role of cabin crew are provided with weekly staff handbooks, props and supporting literature, so they can deliver traditional festivities with real authenticity.

Wantage Nursing Home resident Ray Raymond (pictured above with the ship’s wheel) says it is a great idea: “I have recently beaten coronavirus so it’s nice to celebrate in style and ‘travel’ Europe. Who could ask for more? It’s just perfect.”

You can follow the residents’ travels on Twitter @SanctuaryCareUK.

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