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Christmas activities top of the agenda for NI Care Home ECHO Network

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The NI Care Home ECHO Network held a session for Care Home Activity Coordinators at the end of November.

The session focussed on sharing activity ideas for residents who may have found activities limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 150 attendees from the independent and statutory sector, RQIA, HSCB, PHA HSC Trusts – AHP and Care Home staff met to share ideas and discuss possibilities for those whose home is a care home and have had limited activity.

NI’s Care Home network are keen to seek solutions and maximise opportunities for residents especially coming up to Christmas.

The Echo meeting featured presentations from Care Home activity co-ordinator, Kathryn Mitchell, Lynne Bennett of Linking Generations NI and PHA Lead Infection Prevention Control Nurse, Caroline McGeary.

Alastair Beacom, Principal of Dunclug Primary School, talked about the initiatives with Care Homes that the school are involved in, and highlighted the benefits to the school children of the intergenerational interaction.

Along with some of his pupils, they took part in an online Zoom workshop alongside Kintullagh Nursing home, organised by the Mid and East Antrim Agewell partnership.

One of the highlights of the session was the performance of Betty Pickering, a resident in Sunnymead Care Home, who read two poems she had written during Poetry writing sessions set up by the activity coordinator.

Facilitator of the initiative and Project Echo call, Joy Peters said: “The NI Care Home networks Echo call went better than any of us could have imagined. With over 150 participants, everyone was able to share their thoughts and ideas on how we can make the most of opportunities this Christmas in Care Homes.

“Through these challenging times it is only right we can give back to those who are most vulnerable.”

There was interaction during the Echo session with details of questions raised in the “chat” room and a short session in one of the 13 breakout rooms where groups could share their ideas and activity experiences.

A further event has been planned for the 22nd January 2020.