A DEMENTIA friendly singer songwriter performed for elderly care home residents in Stockton-on-Tees to mark Dignity Action Day – Dignity in Care.
Trisha McLean is a specialist entertainer whose inclusive performances aim to support and appeal to those living in care.
Residents at Mandale House Care Home, in Thornaby, were treated to classics from the 1940s and 50s and well-known musicals.
Trisha also told stories about the local area and blended these into songs.
The residents were encouraged to play along with instruments including tambourines, maracas and jingle bells.
Resident Pat Newton said: “We had a great time and really enjoyed the trip down memory lane with some great songs.”
Trisha said: “It was lovely to meet all the residents and sing songs with them.”
The home’s nearest Sainsbury’s store, on Westbury Street, donated cakes, tea and coffee for a Dignity Coffee Morning on the day.
The event saw resident Valerie McHale pitching in to set up the cake and refreshment table for residents, family, staff and visitors.
Michael Allen, home manager of Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, said: “We celebrate Dignity Action Day – Dignity in Care every year to demonstrate our commitment to providing the highest standards of care for our residents.
“We’d like to thank Trisha for coming in to perform for our residents and Westbury Street Sainsbury’s for providing supplies for our coffee morning.
“The support we receive from our local community is fantastic and everyone at the home, including the residents and staff, are hugely grateful.”
Dignity Action Day – Dignity in Care promotes the right to dignity and encourages the provision a memorable day for those living in care.