With sun-hats and sandals at the ready, residents from an Ivybridge nursing home were recently treated to a day of fun by the sea on the Plymouth Hoe.
The residents from Sanctuary Care’s Ivydene Nursing Home, on Staniforth Drive, were treated to a day trip to the coastal city where they enjoyed the refreshing sea air and a good old-fashioned 99 from a cone with lashings of chocolate sauce.
They were able to have a sit down and a natter over their delicious ice creams around the luscious lawns of the Hoe, above the limestone cliffs, and take in the delightful views across the Plymouth Sound to Drakes Island and over the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.
Whilst there they were lucky enough to see a Navy frigate arrive in the sound and they exchanged lots of waves with the sailors on board as they brought their vessel in.
Jan Horsnell, manager of Ivydene, said: “Day trips are always popular with our residents, especially going to the seaside. Happily the weather was kind to us and everyone had a fantastic time in the summer sunshine.
“Trips like this are really important for residents with dementia as they can trigger happy memories from seaside holidays in their younger days which they might not otherwise be able to access.
“This part of Plymouth is particularly evocative because of the iconic, picture-postcard buildings like Smeaton’s tower, which can be great conversation starters to get people reminiscing.”