Pub nights and virtual reality for St Mark’s residents

Residents of St Mark’s Care Home in Stockton-On-Tees have been enjoying virtual reality experiences – touring regional landmarks from the comfort of their armchairs.

A representative from the organisation Reminiscence, which brings high-tech headsets to care homes, has been popping in regularly.

Residents have been offered the chance to look around interesting places such as the Beamish open-air museum, South Shields, Whitby and Durham Cathedral.

In other activities, our ladies have enjoyed having their hair, make-up and nails done for their fortnightly trips to the local pub.

We love to walk round to the nearby Queen Victoria, where staff serve up a free dinner for over 60s, as well as complimentary games of bingo.

Our activities co-ordinator, Pat, said: “It’s a great offer. Older people from the whole community go along, and under 60s can have a meal too, for £2.50.

“On the menu lately have been roast chicken or beef, with all the trimmings, mince and dumplings plus quiche and chips.”

We have also been enjoying entertainment at the home from visiting performers, including 60s-style vocalist Matt, and Henry Sings Swing – who covers Rat Pack classics.

We’re looking forward to seeing a ventriloquist, Jeff Wright, on 25 September, as well as going out and about to Preston Park – and Stockton Market, which is one of the largest in the UK, and has over 150 stalls.


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