Army recruits smiling with Hamble Heights care home resident

Army recruits visit Hamble Heights care home residents ahead of Remembrance Day

Our Hamble Heights care home residents enjoyed a special visit by some army training recruits to share stories ahead of Remembrance Day.

Hamble Heights, on Botley Road, welcomed 20 army recruits from Fox Platoon Winchester to meet our residents and listen to their stories about serving in the military, the changes in the uniform over the years, and the military training. The recruits also took time to play a few games with some of our residents including darts, dominoes, and Connect Four.

The special visit was organised in recognition of Remembrance Day taking place on Friday 11 November, which is observed in recognition of the end of the First World War.

As thanks for their visit, the Fox Platoon Winchester recruits were presented with boxes of cupcakes with poppy decorations by Vanessa Duggan, the care home’s Wellbeing Manager who organised the activity. It is part of a programme of activities organised by our Wellbeing team at Hamble Heights to commemorate Remembrance Day, which also includes poppy art and an in-house church service.

Vanessa said: “Many of our residents have wartime memories and so it was special for them to share those experiences with the army training recruits, who were keen to learn more. It was a lovely moment to see the residents engaging with the army recruits and sharing a laugh and a joke over a game of dominoes. Our residents are always pleased to meet different members of the community, especially if it reminds them of years gone by.”

Our team provides care for residential, nursing, dementia and Alzheimer’s, palliative, and respite residents. This includes a dedicated Wellbeing team in each of our care homes who are on hand to organise fun activities to support each resident’s physical, emotional, and holistic wellbeing.

As well as Hamble Heights, the Encore Care Homes family includes Great Oaks in Bournemouth, Oakdale in Poole, and Fairmile Grange in Christchurch.

For more information on booking a tour of the care homes and to learn more about the care services available at Encore Care Homes, go to the Our Care page.