Christmas in a Care Home - A Day at Galanos House in Pictures

The Royal British Legion has six care homes to provide short and long term care for serving and ex-Service people and their dependants. We spent the day with staff and residents at Galanos House to see how they celebrate Christmas.

Situated on the edge of Southam, Galanos House has 60 spacious modern bedrooms and is one of four care homes that provide personal care within dedicated and specially designed environments for Legion beneficiaries living with dementia

Everything is focused on individual needs. Each room is personalised by residents and families are encouraged to bring in a person’s favourite chair and items that they recognise 

There is rarely a quiet moment in communal areas and activities are arranged throughout the day. Staff are always working to find new ways to get residents involved 

For Christmas, decorations are put up throughout Galanos House and activities take on a festive theme

In the morning, residents take part in an art class

More residents gather in the dining room before lunch for a visit from a local primary school choir

Staff keep spirits up by telling Christmas jokes before the choir arrives

School children sing Christmas Carols for the residents

After singing the children get chatting with the residents 

Galanos House uses the Butterfly Approach to dementia care, focussing on working with how residents perceive the world. This means empowering them by giving them control over their lives and working with them to understand their individual needs

"Our approach to people with dementia is to be on their journey and go along with their truth," says Craig Edser, Head of Dementia. "It’s about living. People don’t come here to die, they come here to live."

Simon Davy is a Warrants Officer in the RAF. Having moved into the Dementia Care Unit in January 2017, this is his mother’s first Christmas at Galanos House

"What’s great about this place is there’s always something going on, always opportunities to smile and sing, and she loves it," said Simon

After lunch “Wild Bill” arrives to lead a dance class

After a quick demonstration, residents, staff and volunteers join in, dancing to classic Christmas hits

After the class tea and cake is served to round off the afternoon

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From award-winning care homes to in-home support for carers, The Royal British Legion provides a range of services to help support the Armed Forces community.

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