RESIDENTS from a care home in Poole enjoyed a late summer fishing trip by the River Avon near Ringwood.
The six-strong party, equipped with nets and jam jars, spent an afternoon on the river bank catching and returning minnows.
The group, from The Aldbury, Colten Care’s home in Parkstone, travelled by minibus to the river accompanied by healthcare assistants and activities organisers.
Chefs at the home prepared a special picnic for the outing which also took in a stop for coffee at The Bickerley in Ringwood.
Chris Hiscock, Activities Organiser at The Aldbury, said: “It was our third annual fishing trip and something that our residents very much look forward to. We have a wonderful garden at our home that residents relax in but it’s just as important to bring them the health benefits of being in the outdoors further afield.”
John McGregor, who lives at The Aldbury, said: “I was happy to catch a minnow but my friend Florence Bowring caught the largest fish and we were all ready to eat the catch of the day round at hers.”
Fellow resident Major Kenneth Warburton said: “I enjoyed the trip and want to bring some waders next time so I can actually go in the water and keep my feet dry.”
Earlier this year, The Aldbury became one of only two privately run care homes in the UK to be accredited as an official Practice Development Unit (PDU) for dementia care. The other is Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Ferndown.
The accreditation, by Bournemouth University, followed a rigorous assessment against 12 common standards of best practice.
Colten Care runs 19 care homes across the South providing a range of services including quality residential, nursing and dementia care.