At every Living Choice village, the staff members arrange a monthly Birthday Bash for residents who are celebrating a birthday in that month. Using marketing funds, they purchase some party food and refreshments and invite all the birthday celebrants and their partners for a get-together.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, it has been impossible to arrange the usual Birthday Bash events. Not wanting the residents to feel left out, the Living Choice Woodcroft team hatched up a plan to take the birthday celebration to the residents in their homes. The staff members made up 65 gift boxes for those who had missed out in March, April and May and on Friday 15th May, they delivered them all, singing “Happy Birthday” 65 times!

Village manager, Gail Pounsett, said the residents were genuinely touched by the gesture. “We have had so much fun during lockdown, first delivering Mother’s Day flowers to all the beautiful ladies in our village and now delivering birthday gift packages with a balloon and singing Happy Birthday to all those who have had a birthday over the past few months. It’s been a very special time for us to catch up with residents in this fun and loving way.”

Gail said coming up with innovative ways to make residents feel positive during semi-lockdown had also been beneficial for staff. “Everyone gets involved and it’s brought us closer together.”