Toddlers and their beloved bears brought joy to residents at our Hastings Court Care Home with a Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Nearly 30 youngsters and their parents spent the afternoon at Hastings Court Care Home in East Sussex sharing sandwiches and sausage rolls, playing pass the parcel and singing songs.

The event was the idea of resident, Doreen Harmer, 89, who enjoyed a recent visit from a baby group so much she wanted to bring young life into the home again. Resident’s families were invited as well as staff’s children and grandchildren.

Lifestyles Manager, Kimberley Mann said: “Doreen loves to have a purpose to her day and she likes to be busy so we make sure she can do the tea trolley round or staff the bar in our bistro.

She has loved organising the catering, the party bags for the children and taking part
in the day.  She was in her element, she couldn’t stop smiling!”

Doreen and Kimberley made sure everyone in the home could be involved in the event – residents who find it difficult to leave their room because of their care needs decorated bunting for the party.

87-year-old Jim Reid rarely goes down to the home’s lounge but he was determined to be at the picnic.

“It was great!” he said. “I loved seeing the children. They’re so full of energy and smiles, it’s been a wonderful afternoon.”

Jeanette George, a Health Care Assistant at Hastings Court, brought her granddaughter Lacie-Mae, age four, to the picnic.

Jeanette said: “She had so much fun. She’s already asking when could she come back!  I’m delighted to see how happy the residents have been having the children here, it’s been wonderful.”

Doreen is now planning the next event for the home.  She and nine other residents are part of the Residents’ Choice Committee which gives them the opportunity to choose and organise events and trips.

“Care should always be about individuals’ needs and wishes,” said Kimberley.  “We know how important it is for Doreen to feel she’s needed, and how important it is for everyone here to feel they have control over how they spend their days.

They’ve loved the teddy bears’ picnic so much they’re already planning another event for the children at Easter!”

If you would like to find out more about our Hastings Court Care home, please contact us.

Hastings Court Care Home Teddy Bears' Picnic - Doreen Harmner and Barry the Bear

Hastings Court Care Home Teddy Bears' Picnic - Party organiser Doreen Harmer and the children enjoying the entertainment

Hastings Court Care Home Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Party organiser Doreen Harmer, the children and their furry friends

Hastings Court Care Home Teddy Bears’ Picnic - 87 year-old Jim Reid was determined to attend the party