As Covid-19 hit, Rowden House, like many in the care industry, had to adapt to new rules and restrictions in order to protect residents, colleagues and loved ones from the virus. This meant Rowden House could no longer host its popular sing-a-long session on a Friday afternoon, as it was deemed unsafe to have such a large group together in one place, with not enough room for social distancing.
However, determined not to let the changes dampen their musical spirits, the residents and staff came up with the brilliant warming idea to create their very own music video to their longstanding favourite tune – Tom Jones’ hit ‘Delilah’. Typically on a Friday afternoon, as soon as the first few notes play to this song, it doesn’t take long for the lounge full of residents to sing at volumes that could rival a rock concert.
With staff and residents ranging from 16 – 98 years of age, the creative task catered to everyone – the staff benefited from the video as much as the residents did. The home kept to government guidelines throughout the process, with social distancing, PPE, each resident had their own trumpet cut out so there was no cross-contamination and so forth, which proved that fun can still be had in a restricted environment.
Filming lasted two weeks, so the dulcet tones of Tom Jones’ voice was never far away. The grand premiere of the video was hosted to residents around the home via large TV screens and various tablets and devices. Everyone was elated with the final version and couldn’t wait to share it with their loved ones.
Feedback from residents’ families and friends showed that they were equally delighted; they took reassurance in knowing that despite not being able to physically see their loved ones, they knew they were happy and in safe, caring hands. Against the odds, spirits remain high, despite the uncertainty that surrounds us.
The full video can be enjoyed via the Somerset Care YouTube channel, here.
Rowden House is a beautiful old and elegant building set in lovely grounds, with stunning views of the countryside. It benefits from being within easy reach of shops, the post office, and other local amenities. The balance of countryside, while being close to the hustle and bustle of Frome's market town is a balance which many residents enjoy. Furthermore, the home is a thoughtfully converted period house, combining elegant features with up to date facilities. More information on Rowden House is available here. Alternatively, you can explore all of our care homes here.
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