Flurry nice – nursing home lets it snow for residents
A HIGHCLIFFE nursing home has been enjoying a white Christmas time for the fourth year in a row.
Residents and staff have been treated to flurries of the white stuff ever since the owners bought a snow machine to add some extra festive sparkle.
Despite the south coast’s warmer weather, Highcliffe Nursing Home, in Stuart Road, has been experiencing snowflakes to step up its Christmas celebrations.
Tracey Millar, operations manager at the Kingsley Healthcare home, bought a snow machine four years ago.
She said: “The residents love it. As it gets dark we turn the lights off in the lounge and open the curtains. Residents are greeted by the sight of a winter wonderland.”
Warm inside, residents can spectate on the falling snow as well as lights in the courtyard and lit-up festive figures of reindeer, snowmen and Father Christmas.
Mrs Millar added: “This year it was extra special. It’s been a dreadful year with residents unable to see their families for long periods because of the coronavirus lockdown and we wanted to put on an event to cheer everyone up.”
The residents’ favourite singer, Jo Geraty – stagename Retro Rita – dressed up as Father Christmas to switch on the winter wonderland lights and performed a selection of Christmas songs.
Staff also recently took part in Kingsley Heroes Day, a celebration organised by Kingsley to honour the service of employees during the pandemic.