The RMBI Care Company, a subsidiary of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is a major provider of high quality care services for older Freemasons and their family members as well as some other people in the community.
RMBI Homes across the country embraced the spirit of summer in 2016 and kept residents active with an array of animal and nature themed activities.
Residents at The Tithebarn in Liverpool visited a local riding school. They were given a tour of the stables, spent time with the horses and watched them in action with their trainers.
One resident, Audrey, said: “The day brought back many memories for me. My husband was a farmer and we spent many holidays pony riding.”
Meanwhile, residents at Scarborough Court in Northumberland enjoyed visits from a guide dog called Ellie and Blondie, a seven-year-old pony. Blondie even called in to the nursing floor to meet those who were unable to leave their rooms.
Mary Piert, the Home’s Activities Coordinator, said: “Animals play an important role at our Homes. They provide companionship to both residents and staff and their presence can help people to feel more comfortable and relaxed, especially those who had pets before they moved into the Home or spent a lot of time with animals.”
Continuing the theme of ‘nature’, residents at Scarbrough Court in Cramlington, Northumberland, took advantage of sunny afternoons this year and engaged in gardening sessions. Beautiful primroses were planted in colourful flower pots to decorate the outside areas at the Home.