85-year old Beryl Wall, a resident at Baycroft Flitwick care home with advanced dementia, has been participating in virtual art classes in order to interact with her daughter Wendy during lockdown.

The art classes, set up by Flitwick’s Activities Coordinator Lu, have been helping Beryl as well as giving her regular virtual contact and bonding with Wendy as she is unable to visit due to the visiting restrictions in care homes. The two hadn’t seen each other in person since March until last week.

Wendy had been finding it difficult to engage with her Mum as Beryl is not able to easily communicate, so as Wendy had been doing her own painting during lockdown, it was suggested that they hold virtual art sessions together. The results of this have been incredible! Beryl and Wendy now have regular virtual art club sessions together via Skype where they both paint a picture within a set hour to a set theme.

Wendy said:  “What’s amazing is that Mum has never been artistic in her life. But more importantly, during the hour she is totally focused, engaged, absorbed. We talk about what we’re doing, the colours we’re choosing, how we’re applying the paint. She has a conversation with me and is clearly proud of her achievement. Through our art we can enjoy the moment and rock the lockdown together!”

Lu Lawrence, Baycroft Flitwick’s Activities Co-ordinator said:  “What an incredible journey Beryl has been on exploring her artistic side during lockdown! I am very proud to be able to facilitate this and watch her in her element.”

Over the last two weeks we have started offering garden reunion visits to families of our care home residents. Wendy and Beryl have continued their art club sessions with Wendy painting from outside Beryl’s window.

Baycroft is part of One Housing – an award-winning housing provider for 50 years – providing housing care and support across London and the South East. Baycroft Flitwick is located in Flitwick, Bedfordshire.