Oh, they do like to be beside the seaside at elderly care home

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EVERYBODY loves to be by the seaside, but what happens when you are in care home unable to get to the nearest shore?

Well, lucky residents at The Parker Meadows care home in Fareham didn’t have to miss out on the summer fun as they had their very own private beach brought to them.

Inflatable beach balls, palm trees, sand castles and paddling pools took over the main reception of the care home, in Redlands Land, so the residents could make the most of the summer fun.

The day started with a Punch & Judy show, and then residents enjoyed posing for photos and listening to seaside-related songs.

Activities co-ordinator Zoe Kelly helped organise the day at the home.

The 32-year-old said: ‘It’s really nice to do things like this.

‘We can’t get some of the residents to the beach, so we wanted to bring the beach to Parker Meadows.’

Jon Tempest, activities assistant, said: ‘Days like this really get the residents interacting and smiling, it’s nice to see their personalities coming through.’

Many of the 80 residents were at the event, sipping on homemade lemonade and enjoying ice cream cones that were given out by staff.

Alan Tribe, 79, who moved into the care home last month, had a great time with his wife Olive, 78.

Olive said: ‘It makes a change seeing something like this. Alan used to love being around children and so the puppet show and everything is great.’

Jean Speckman, 88, who moved in last year, had a great time.

‘It’s lovely and fun and I’m enjoying it, especially the ice cream,’ she said.

The event was open to residents’ families and members of the community, too.

Liz Sturton and her brother Alan, from Fareham, visited their mother Dorrean Bourto, aged 92, for the day.

Liz said: ‘She looks like she is having a good time. She hasn’t got much 
vision but she seems to be enjoying the music.

‘She’s been here nearly two years now and Meadows are always doing things like this – it’s great.’

Two weeks ago the residents enjoyed a seaside-themed summer fete where there was a magician, ice cream, buckets and spades and a barbecue.

The home will be celebrating its third anniversary on October 16, and a fun day is being planned to mark the occasion.