Abbotsholme News

Tales from Barrow Hill
Ann Parker

This week the year 1 pupils joined the Reception class at the care home. Scarlett and and Harry were chatting about their dogs. Barbara, one of the residents, told them all about her adventures as a dog groomer.

We have joined the 'Pimp My Zimmer' campaign and the children have been busy making pom poms and glittery stars to decorate the residents walking frames. The campaign began in an Essex care home after creative care home manager Angela Donlevy wanted to add a splash of colour and fun to the traditionally grey walking aids used by residents.

Helping to reduce falls by up to 60 per cent, the initiative has now spread as far as Scotland.

Grey Zimmer frames are often not recognisable to people living with dementia, as they disappear into their surroundings and are difficult to see. Personalising the frames helps people to connect with their frames, reducing the risk of falls.

We will continue adding to the decorations each week until all Zimmer frames are looking fabulous. We look forward to sharing photos of the 'pimped up' frames soon.

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