"Our residents have realised they are never too old to learn a new skill and we have decided to set up our own weekly knitting group.”
Hamilton House Care Home recently hosted a 'Carry on Learning' event for residents, their families and friends and neighbours in our local community.
We started our day of discovery with a Spanish lesson when we were joined by children from ‘Kidslingo’ and their teacher Laura Langley - muy bien! Then local poet Mike Took led a very interesting session where we discussed poems including ‘Lord of the dance’ by Sydney Carter, ‘Juggler’ by Richard Wilbur and the ever popular ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll.
In the afternoon our resident John, his wife Edna and stepdaughter Janet gave a talk and demonstration on knitting. Some of our residents had knitted in the past and when reminded how to cast on were able to get their needles clicking away again as their knowledge came flooding back.
The benefits of continuous learning are well documented. In one recent research study, a group of adults, aged 56-86, tasked with learning three to five new classes weekly for three months saw their cognitive abilities increase to levels similar to those of middle-aged adults.
Resident Catherine said “I really enjoyed the knitting, I’m so pleased I am now able to knit again!”
Magic Moments Club Coordinator Rosie said “Our learning event was so much fun and brought back lots of happy memories from our schooldays. Our residents have realised they are never too old to learn a new skill and we have decided to set up our own weekly knitting group.”
At Hamilton House we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.
Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents.
The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.