Thistle Court Care Home in Cwmbran made the most of the September sun and hosted a BBQ garden party for all to enjoy. The residents, fondly referred to as family members, enjoyed each other’s company while they patiently waited for their food cooked on the BBQ by the resident chefs. Laughter could be heard, and the smell of sizzling sausages and burgers wafted through the air.

Sarah Butfield, Home Manager of Thistle Court said “We had such an amazing time together in the garden the weather was perfect and we knew to make the most of it as the sunshine won’t be around for much longer.

Spending time outside in the fresh air can have a transformative effect on reducing anxiety and encouraging exercise and interaction. It is important for family members to build meaningful relationships as a source of comfort and support but also to provide a sense of normality and true continuation of life.

Thistle Court Care Home is based in Cwmbran, South Wales. The home’s approach to life recognises the values, beliefs and identity of each person. Each person that may need support is unique and by understanding one’s life history, one’s journey in life, by striving to be a true continuation of home, the team at Thistle Court Home create a place where everyone feels safe and never alone.