Care residents embark on the Jewel of the Caribbean

Sunshine tastes and sounds created a special Caribbean atmosphere as residents set sail on a virtual cruise across our Shropshire and Cheshire care homes.

The holiday fun at the homes centred on a ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’ cruise day theme as family and friends joined residents and entered into the spirit of the occasion.

The celebrations started by making colourful carnival head pieces before sitting down to a Caribbean style buffet lunch. The cruise continued with cocktails and photographs with the Captain – played by a different member of staff at each home– and a gala dinner. Musician Rick Cosco on steel drums brought the sounds of the islands to crown a memorable day.

Our Executive Chef Paul Ratcliffe created a Caribbean-inspired menu, including jerk chicken salad and a marinated Aruba Island steak, to the delight of the staycation passengers. Residents were presented with boarding passes and could dress up in evening attire for the gala evening if they wished.

The event followed the success of last year’s Mediterranean cruise day and set sail at all six of our nursing homes in Shropshire and Cheshire.

Sarah Compton, who organised all the events across the homes, said: “It’s so rewarding to see how all our residents get into the spirit of these events, and this colourful Caribbean cruise in particular seems to have captured the imagination. It’s not only stimulating and fun, but it has been lovely listening to the residents sharing their reminiscences about summer holidays past.

“These events allow our homes to provide residents with safe and stimulating care where they can maintain a sense of independence whilst enjoying the day-to-day activities”.

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Care residents embark on the Jewel of the Caribbean

Following the success of last year’s Mediterranean cruise, we have set sail again and are escaping on a virtual cruise to the Caribbean with our residents.

The cruise has been named ‘The Jewel of the Caribbean’, and today Radbrook nursing home was the first port of call.

Each home will host its own cruise day across the summer months where residents will enjoy a virtual break away with family and friends and enjoy a staycation with a difference. Look out for Cruise Day activity at the ports of Care CentreStretton HallIsle Court, Corbrook Park and finally docking at Oldbury Grange.

Each cruise day begins with residents creating carnival head pieces, followed by an exotic buffet lunch. Headpieces are then judged in the afternoon before residents are invited for cocktails and photographs with the captain. The day draws to a close with the captain’s gala dinner which gives residents a tantalising taste of the Caribbean from The Bahamas to St Lucia, with steel drums offering the theme tune to the occasion.

Our executive chef Paul has created a colourful and creative Gala menu for the cruise days, taking inspiration from the glistening islands that make up the Caribbean. Menu choices include a Jerk chicken salad as one of the starters and a marinated Aruba Island steak as a main course.

Part of our approach to caring for our residents is to ensure that a variety of activities are in place throughout the year. This enables residents to have a fulfilled daily lifestyle and maintain a sense of independence whilst living with Morris Care, and importantly having fun along the way

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