On 9th August, we did our first trial with the residents of Cedar Court, for us this is a new trial working partnership.
Located in Abbeywood, South East London, Cedar Court Care Home is owned by Four Seasons Healthcare and the facility provides around the clock, specialist and high quality residential care, as well as day care for individuals with dementia.
The facility is a purpose-built home and has a large garden, a patio, a greenhouse and vegetable patches – making a safe and stimulating space for people living here to spend enjoyable time.
The session consisted of two hours, the treatments were in the form of hand massages, and the residents seem to enjoy it. One actually fell asleep immediately and another had to rest after.
One of the first residents I met and gave a treatment to was the husband of one of my closest personal friends, with whom I was pleased to see that, and it gave me joy to see him enjoy the mini-treat.
Following this two hour session, we will be returning back Cedar Court in two weeks time for more complementary therapy sessions with the residents.
Let us all hope that this is the beginning of a new, long relationship with a caring organisation to give the joy of therapeutic touch to the residents.