RESIDENTS and team members at Gracewell of Newbury care home have set sail on a 12-week journey visiting new countries each week from the comfort of their care home.

The ‘Around the World in 12 Weeks’ initiative will see the care home celebrating each country they visit by organising various activities and events.

These are set to include language lessons, virtual tours of famous landmarks, enjoying local music, and experiencing each country’s culinary delights as prepared by the care home’s dining team. Every week will also culminate in a ‘Celebration Day’ where Gracewell of Newbury will come together to celebrate and immerse the care home within each country’s culture.

The event started on April 12 in France and Gracewell of Newbury will go on to visit countries such as Italy, South Africa, Mexico, China and India.

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The extensive travel itinerary has been launched as part of Gracewell Healthcare’s #NewDawnNewDay campaign to encourage those who may be considering moving into a care home to take the step with a sense of reassurance in this new chapter of their lives.

The campaign, which comes as the country gradually emerges into a new dawn after Covid-19, also aims to reveal the meaningful lives led by care home residents and encapsulate their dreams and ambitions for the months ahead.

Gracewell Healthcare also hopes that #NewDawnNewDay will inspire people to join the care sector to pursue rewarding and fulfilling careers.

Speaking of the campaign, Coral Elvin, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Newbury, said: “We believe that every person deserves to live a life of purpose and self-worth, no matter what their age.

"All our team members and residents are so excited and have loved weeks one and two so far.

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"It is interesting to hear the various stories and memories of past visits to the countries we will be celebrating.

"The past year or so has been difficult and challenging for us all - our residents, their friends and family and our team - and this is an excellent way for us to celebrate coming through those times, together, and a way to look forward to happier times.”