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Pooches and Performers Lift Spirits At Madeira House

1 September 2021

Pooches and Performers Lift Spirits At Madeira House

It’s been a summer of joy at Madeira House thanks to two groups of special visitors, both bringing their unique talents to the Home.

The Elderly Brothers stopped by to perform at a fantastic event that filled the Home with music.

The boys played a set of classic songs from the 60s and 70s, plus country and folk hits too.

Residents had a great time dancing and singing along to songs including American Pie, Sweet Caroline, Country Road and Leaving On A Jet Plane, to name just a few.

When the band and the Residents took a break, they enjoyed homemade cakes and refreshments.

Activities Co-ordinator Charlotte Damms said that there was an opportunity for Residents to reminisce as well.

Charlotte said: “The music was terrific, and the Elderly Brothers got Residents thinking back to when they first heard those songs.

“We talked about the school dances they used to attend and how much fun it was to dance along to that great music.

“It really lifted everyone’s spirits.”

Madeira House has also welcomed some furry friends to visit this summer.

Charlotte breeds French bulldogs, so she bought Ethel, Ralph, Bonnie and Doris puppies for a play date with Residents.

She said that the reaction to the adorable pups was genuinely heartwarming.

Charlotte said: “The Residents started cooing the minute they saw the little dogs, and it was so sweet.

“Having animals in the Home helps to encourage socialising, and it’s incredibly therapeutic for the Residents.

“Gillian and Joan both had one of the puppies sleeping bedside them for a while, which was lovely for them and the dogs.

“Another Resident Bud started telling us about her boxer dog who’d chew her walls and run away from home all the time.

“We’re lucky that Ralph is going to live with Home Manager Claire, so he’s going to be coming into the Home every day soon.

“It’ll be brilliant for Madeira House to have its very own therapy dog.”