Special boules match for care home residents

A resident

Leading life to the full in our care homes

It is important that our residents continue to lead fulfilled lives after they move into one of our care homes. Our activities coordinators are at the heart this, working with residents to organise social events and activities.

On 31 May, residents from our Bernard Sunley care home played against neighbouring Redcot in a special boules match, followed by lunch. Both teams did well, but the final result was in Bernard Sunley’s favour at five games to three. The teams are planning a rematch at Redcot in the next few weeks.

Activities coordinator Gloria Castro said: ‘Boules is played for the challenge and competition, personal enjoyment, activity, and social interaction. It is also a low-impact, therapeutic form of exercise. Health professionals recommend playing boules, particularly for older people, as it provides many health benefits, including improved fitness, increased confidence and enhanced mental wellbeing.’

Muriel Green is a resident at Bernard Sunley and said: ‘It was a great day. It is very nice to have visitors from other care homes and have the opportunity to meet new people at my age. I enjoyed playing boules very much. I did it all my life in Surrey.’

The team would like to say a special thank you to volunteer Anne Methold, who has been volunteering at Bernard Sunley for over five years and leads weekly boules sessions at the home. You can find out more about Anne in our previous article, When does an acquaintance become a friend?