Bingo, books and biscuits were just some of the activities and experiences bringing dementia patients and students together in Chippenham.
Level 2 Health and Social Care students visited residents at The Fairways care home to gain experience of working with the elderly and those with dementia playing Bingo, reading and talking to them.
They also took charge of the tea trolley delivering tea, coffee and biscuits to residents’ rooms and planted flowers in flowerbeds around the home.
Health and Social Care lecturer Morag Poole said: “These visits are a brilliant opportunity for our students as it puts what they are learning into real-life terms and gives them a deeper understanding of real life situations within the health and social care sector.”
Student Natalia Janssen said she found the experience extremely valuable.
“This was my second visit to the care home and I really enjoyed hearing stories form the residents about their life experiences,” she said.
“I also enjoyed some gardening and look forward to visiting again and getting involved in some of the other activities.
“I really believe that this is a great opportunity to gain experience about dementia in addition to what we are taught in the classroom.”
Ashley Barker said she also enjoyed spending time with some of the care home’s residents saying: “I enjoy seeing the reactions of the residents when speaking to them and some of them recognised me from our visit the previous week which was very nice.”
Roz Dickenson is Community Coordinator at The Fairways.
She said: “The benefits of community interaction throughout the home in immeasurable.
“It is hugely important to have a variety of groups and individuals visit the residents to bring a wide range of talents, personalities and company to the home.
“It is an absolute pleasure working with the Wiltshire College students and we would love to continue this to enable both sides to benefit from the experience.
“The residents here love meeting new people and really enjoy spending time with individuals or groups learning or teaching new skills.
“The partnership helps to prevent loneliness and provides an opportunity for the students to build confidence.
“The students can leave after each session knowing their time is very much appreciated and is having a very positive effect on everyone at the care home.”