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Time to rhyme for World Poetry Day at East Grinstead care home

Added on: 13th March, 2018 by Madeleine_28648

Time to rhyme for World Poetry Day at East Grinstead care home

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Tue, 13 March 2018

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Residents at a care home in East Grinstead are preparing to celebrate World Poetry Day on Wednesday 21st March.

World Poetry Day is an annual celebration of rhythmic literature and promotes the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

Residents at Mill View care home on Sunnyside Close will be joined by a number of volunteers to celebrate the day by reading a number of their favourite poems and rhymes aloud. Residents are also being encouraged to put pen to paper to create their own short verses and poems to enter into Care UK’s poetry competition, which is taking place nationwide to mark World Poetry Day.

Home manager, Debbie Wheeler, explained why Mill View care home is taking part in World Poetry Day: “Poems and limericks are something that we have all grown up with, and most people will have a favourite that they can recall from their younger years, so reading these can be a meaningful reminiscence activity.

“For older people living with dementia, somebody reading aloud to them – whether it be a poem or short story – can have many therapeutic benefits. Not only is it calming, but it is also helpful for people with restricted eyesight, and soothing for those who are less able to communicate.

“Poetry is a great way to express emotions and memories, and writing your own verses is an enjoyable activity for all the family. We hope that the local community will take part in sharing their favourite rhymes or creating their own poems to read aloud to their loved ones.”

To find out more about Mill View care home’s World Poetry Day celebrations, please call 01342 887940 or email Amy Batchelor, customer relations manager on amy.batchelor@careuk.com.

Poetry reading and writing is just one of hundreds of great ideas for fun and meaningful activities that can be shared with an older loved one. To find out more about how Care UK is taking part in World Poetry Day, and to download Care UK’s free ‘As easy as ABC’ guidebook for hints and tips, visit careuk.com/care-homes/poetry

World Poetry Day encourages children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and promote the teaching of poetry to all people. For more information, visit un.org/en/events/poetryday/

Poetry reading and writing is just one of 100 great ideas for fun and meaningful activities that can be shared with an older loved one. Download Care UK’s free ‘As easy as ABC’ guidebook for more hints and tips: http://www.careuk.com/sites/rcs/files/Care_UK_rcs_Easy_as_ABC.pdf

Care UK runs 118 homes nationwide and was recently named Residential Care Provider of the Year at the prestigious LaingBuisson Awards. For more information, visit careuk.com

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