Traditionally, Christmas is a family celebration and that is just as true in our care homes, where residents and staff, who have become an extended family, celebrate the festive season together.

Christmas is always a nostalgic affair and at Connors House in Canterbury, festive nostalgia is definitely on the cards this year. Reminiscent activities will be flowing, including a festive film club, showing Christmas classics from many years ago and in-house Carol concerts and services, for those who can’t get out and about.

“For us, Christmas is all about quality time together,” says Christine Devlin, Home Manager of Connors House, “It’s not a commercial affair, it’s about interaction and stimulation. There is plenty of Christmas crafting and baking, and of course our community links are just as important at this time of year, so our nursery visits continue.”

Staff who know the residents best, pick out small personalised gifts, so everyone has something to open on Christmas Day and the little touches are not ignored, from a mulled wine and mince pie afternoon treat, to festive manicures so the ladies can feel glam for the holidays. Christmas Day is just as you would expect, a traditional turkey with all the trimmings, rubbish TV, board games and the occasional post-lunch nap.

“Christmas can be a lonely time for older people,” continues Christine, “it can also be a difficult time as we think of loved ones we have lost. For us and those working over Christmas, we do all we can to make it an enjoyable and social occasion for all those who live with us.”