Residents and visitors at Harry Garrett Court enjoy some chair-based exercise.

Sanctuary residents come together to mark Disabled Access Day

10 March 2017

Residents and staff at Sanctuary retirement living schemes up and down the country have come together to mark Disabled Access Day.

Retirement communities from Telford and Torquay to London and Stoke-on-Trent have got involved in the event, taking place across three days (10-12 March),  which marks the importance of facilities adapted for all needs and celebrates good practice.

Harry Garrett Court, in Swindon, has been marking the event with a chair-based music movement exercise session, with the option to sing along for less able-bodied residents.

Residents and visitors at Harry Garrett Court enjoy some chair-based exercise. Residents and visitors at Harry Garrett Court enjoy some chair-based exercise.

Meanwhile, in Cheltenham, Middleton House residents have been baking cakes to tempt in visitors for a coffee and chat, while resident Jean Byron entertained them by playing music on the keyboard.

Other services are giving new guests a special welcome to their onsite restaurants, from Friday to Sunday, which are open to the community and are fully accessible.

Visitors can learn more about their adapted public facilities, from accessible toilets to allocated space for mobility scooters while visiting.

Area service manager Di Pooley said: “Disabled Access Day is a great chance to talk about how facilities can be adapted to meet the needs of older people.

“The retirement living model is about providing people with as much or as little support as they need and adapted facilities are a great way to ensure someone with a disability has as much independence as possible.”

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