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CARE HOME RESIDENTS SET SAIL

Leading care provider is continuing to enhance the everyday experiences and social lives of the elderly people it cares for, with its most recent concept taking residents to the seas as part of a virtual cruise, complete with a captain and 'on-board' waiters.

Morris Care, which boasts a portfolio of seven premium homes ' including Corbrook Park in Audlem, held a cruise-themed day at each of its sites, whisking residents on a first-of-its-kind 'staycation' which enabled them to enjoy the virtual delights of Europe with friends and family.

"As a family business with over 25 years of clinical care excellence, Morris Care is truly leading the way in innovative and creative approaches to care," explained Corbrook Park Home Manager, Carole Wardle. 'By placing a great emphasis on the social wellbeing of our residents, we've witnessed individuals blossom time and time again, as they're able to socialise, participate, interact, and gain additional skills and experiences.

"The key is getting to really know a person ' as well as their life history ' so we can tailor their care to their specific needs. And, because we knew through our engagement with our residents that a large proportion visited European destinations and enjoyed cruises in years gone by, the virtual cruise events were the perfect opportunity to help them reminisce, share experiences, and even enabled some to try new foreign cuisines.'

As part of the cruise events, staff decorated the seven care homes extensively, with rooms adorned with flags and various European-themed props, complementing a variety of exciting culinary foods available on a menu which was developed by Morris Care's Executive Chef, Paul Ratcliffe ' who formerly worked on Royal Caribbean Cruises.

"Food is highly emotive, and during our cruise days we wanted to not only unlock those special memories evoked by food and the senses, but encourage residents to sample new culinary delights," said Paul. 'My mission was to offer a menu that allowed them to experience a feast from the Mediterranean, with traditional favourites from Italy, France and Spain, as well as some more unusual dishes for them to try.

"Dinner was followed by a choice of 'mocktails', as well as a luxurious Gala Dinner hosted by the Captain. And judging by the amount of laughter and enjoyment we witnessed amongst residents, family, friends and staff, it was most certainly worth it."

Since it was launched in 1990, Morris Care has cemented its reputation as one of the most professional and committed care providers across Shropshire and Cheshire. Demonstrating its dedication to resident wellbeing, the firm has recently pioneered a new approach to dementia care called the Cedar Philosophy. Focusing on an individual's wellbeing and personal needs in addition to their nursing requirements, the concept aims to reduce anxiety and stress, and can lead to real therapeutic benefits.

For more information about Morris Care, its care homes or the firm's Cedar Philosophy, please visit www.morriscare.co.uk.