Willow Tree residents treated to ‘home shopping’ experience

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:30 22 May 2014

Willow Tree staff, residents and their families at Willow Tree Nursing Home's event / Photo: Paul C Wynn

Willow Tree staff, residents and their families at Willow Tree Nursing Home's event / Photo: Paul C Wynn

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Residents of a Rugby-based nursing home have enjoyed a local shopping showcase from the comfort of their own home thanks to a specially-arranged event

Care assistant Rusty Jay with Willow Tree resident Gertrude Boyle / Photo: Paul C WynnCare assistant Rusty Jay with Willow Tree resident Gertrude Boyle / Photo: Paul C Wynn

Hillmorton-based Willow Tree Nursing Home held a fashion, beauty and music afternoon for residents and their families.

Hosted by staff at the 47-room nursing home, the event was organised for residents to browse and buy goods on offer from local independent retailers and well-known brands.

Gener Tayhopon with care assistant Pat Tweddle / Photo: Paul C WynnGener Tayhopon with care assistant Pat Tweddle / Photo: Paul C Wynn

Brands such as Brantano and Avon, plus local shops including Tiggy and Greenwoods Menswear, took part, with products including clothes, hand-made accessories, gifts and make-up.

Local dance school ‘Impact Dance with Hayley’, a group for youngsters aged seven to 17, also performed during the afternoon alongside local singer Martin Reeves who covered a range of old-time 50s songs.

The afternoon, part of a new programme of events organised by the home’s staff, was attended by almost 100 people and is the latest piece of good news for Willow Tree, who have just been awarded an ‘excellent’ rating in the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.

Gener Tayhopon, who has recently been appointed as the Home Manager at Willow Tree Nursing Home, said: “We are absolutely delighted the event went so well and it was great to be able to support local businesses.

“Residents and their families enjoyed having them here to display their products, especially as some residents find it difficult to get out. So they loved the chance to browse the stalls and chat to local retailers from the comfort of the home.

“The event wasn’t just about shopping. It also showcased some impressive local talent via the dance group and brought back some great memories through the songs from Martin Reeves.

“We really cannot thank everyone enough for contributing and look forward to holding more events for residents throughout the rest of this year.

“The success of the event is also the icing on the cake following the good news of our new ‘excellent’ rating by the Care Quality Commission. The report focussed on every detail here at Willow Tree – from comfort, facilities and care.

“To be rated so highly shows we are excelling and giving the best possible care for residents, meeting standards and going over and above. We are thrilled.”

Willow Tree Nursing Home is set over an acre of private grounds and specialises in caring for elderly patients requiring personal, nursing and dementia care.

For more information on Willow Tree Nursing Home, visit their website at: www.willowtreenursinghome.co.uk

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