Library Lovers Month at Hartford Care
This month, we are celebrating the nation’s much-loved libraries, in our local communities.
Our 14 care homes located across the south enjoy literary spaces, to read and learn new information in a library setting!
At Hartford Care, we strive to make a positive difference to the lives of our residents with care, comfort and companionship.
Reading is one of our favourite hobbies!
Sometimes, there is nothing better than to sit, and relax, with a good book and this has numerous benefits for our residents:
Mental Stimulation and Concentration
Reading a good book is perfect for mental and cognitive stimulation to keep the brain active and engaged.
Academic studies and charities have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
A well-written novel can transport you to other realms and stimulate the imagination too and our residents immerse themselves in every fine detail!
Our residents often enjoy crime and mystery, biographies, drama, poetry and travel books.
In Poole, at The Laurels & Pine Lodge, we welcome the ‘Mobile Library’ service who comes to visit us every month.
Volunteers from our local Library bring our residents books and talking CDs of their choice.
Here are local volunteers, Jane & Jeanette who pop in to see Joy, who lives at the Oakdale care home. Joy is an avid reader and her favourite author is Rosemary Pilcher, who writes family stories. Joy loves reading so much that she will often get through 30 books per month!
For those who are partially sighted, book clubs are held where stories can be verbally read and shared in a social group setting, in our comfortable lounge areas.
Knowledge and Communication
Reading books allow our residents to learn and absorb new pieces of information and facts.
At Malden House in Sidmouth, Devon, Derek is accompanied by our Activities Coordinator Tracy to visit the local library. We feel that it is vital for our residents to enjoy day trips in to the community and we’re delighted to support Derek’s passion and real interest in books.
We plan to attend a Monday afternoon reading group at Sidmouth Library, where a volunteer will read books or poems so everyone could discuss them.
Our resident called Ed has a library card and visits this library on a regular basis because he loves autobiographies.
We often read books with quizzes, local history, maps and photos that will generation lively discussions and reminiscence for fun.
If we can’t get to the library, we like to bring the library to our residents, and host a book club!
Here is our resident called Humphrey who has found a cosy corner to enjoy a good book at West Cliff Hall, in Southampton.
These ladies from our Stokeleigh Care Home in Bristol had a wonderful time when they visited the local Westbury on Trym Library.