A care home in Kent shook off the January blues by celebrating ‘Brew Monday’ with its residents, setting up a fun and tasty tea sampling to get people talking.
Fairways Care Home, a branch of ACI Care that specialises in residential, respite and dementia care, decided to ignore the dreaded ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the most depressing day of the year, by celebrating Brew Monday instead – a day dedicated to reaching out for a cuppa and a catch-up with the people you care about.
While Blue Monday accounts for January’s worsening weather, lapsed New Year’s resolutions and the joy of Christmas fading, Brew Monday helps to combat these negative feelings by enjoying a hot beverage and socialising with loved ones.
Residents were treated to four different teas: Peppermint and Liquorice, Mixed Berry, Blackberry and Blueberry Infusion and Ginger Green Tea, with the latter coming out the firm favourite.
Brew Monday is just one of the many activities the staff at Fairways organise for their residents, to help bring variety to their days and encourage them to socialise together. The home has a busy schedule planned for the rest of January too, celebrating the upcoming National Popcorn Day, National Hug Day and Australia Day.
Alison Yarnley, Registered Manager at Fairways Care Home, said: “We always like to have something for our residents to look forward to and our fun activity schedule promotes that. The staff have been proactive with each resident, which has contributed to their wellbeing and enhanced their daily lives.
“Afternoon tea at Fairways was a fun treat for all, residents enjoyed socialising, interacting with each other and reminiscing about their memories of afternoon tea throughout their lives. Brew Monday was something simple and engaging that the residents looked forward to, just one of the many activities that create a joyful atmosphere and uplift the well-being of our residents and staff within the home.”
The activities regularly put on within the home offer a host of benefits for residents including the opportunity to socialise and form friendships, help keep the mind active, and alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness – all of which can occur in care home residents who may miss being in their own homes with partners and family.
The Brew Monday campaign started in 2020 and was set up by mental health charity, Samaritans. It encourages groups of friends to stay in touch, share their troubles, and to dismiss the myth about Monday being ‘blue’ and instead start a conversation over a brew.
For more information on Fairways and ACI Care, please visit https://aci.care/fairways/.