Margery was a new Resident at Baily House who struggled with homesickness during her first few days in her new home. After having taken part in a Romila session Margery started to feel a lot more comfortable, became more sociable and a regular participant during the Romila sessions.
- The graft below demonstrates the increase of Margery’s wellbeing as her time in her New Home progressed and as a result of her actively Participating in the Romila session and other activities
- It is evident that during Margery’s first week at her new home, the feeling of homesickness was more persistent which became a hurdle to her overall happiness
- As the weeks went by, Margery’s level of happiness showed tremendous increase as she settled very well into her new life.
Romila –Chair Based Dance For All is a social business enabling various organisations belonging to a variety of settings, to purchase a yearly license which allows their staff to be trained to deliver fun and engaging Chair Based Dance Sessions to their own clients. All training is done via an online platform which means that anyone can access the programme regardless of their location within the UK. The aim of Romila is to get our elderly and disabled adults living a more active and ultimately happier life on a daily basis, whilst providing a very cost effective service to all Organisations involved. To find out more information visit romila.co.uk
Margery (87) was a new Resident at Baily House care home and felt very home sick and was rather unsettled about moving into her new ‘home’. She was very anxious and didn’t want to make any friends, as she still longed to be back at her original home of 50 years. As a result, she didn’t wish to leave her room nor join in with any activities, despite the consistent efforts of the care home staff to help make Margery feel at home. Following a visit from Margery’s long terms friends and neighbours, they were saddened to witness her feeling unhappy, although it was only early stages, they wanted to see her settled in as soon as possible.
A few days after Margery moved into Baily House the first Romila session was about to take place. Margery was made aware of the Romila session and the staff through their supportive nature, great enthusiasm and colourful t –shirts were able to gently persuade Margery to leave her room and partake in the session. This session took place in the main lounge with a number of other Residents. During this Romila session, Margery’s long terms neighbours happened to be visiting at the same time and to everyone’s surprise the results were very positive.
How Romila Helped
Margery began to loosen up and join in with the movements, as well as sing along to all the songs. This was a great relief not only for the staff members but for her close friends who came to visit her on that day. Over the forth coming weeks, Margery visibly appeared more comfortable and was getting used to the idea of Baily House becoming her new home. She became a keen participant of the Romila sessions and had an increase interest in partaking in other activities. By this point, Margery had attended all scheduled Romila sessions delivered by her in house care staff . Her mental well-being had hugely improved along with her attitude towards staff and other residents. She overall appeared a lot happier which was lovely for everyone to see.
Six weeks later and after having partaken in over a dozen Romila sessions, Margery became a star performer and would regularly be found up on her feet enjoying herself whilst dancing to some of her favourite songs. Over this time, Margery had built a closer bond with her fellow Residents through the fun promoting Romila sessions. Margery’s neighbours also became regular visitors, especially during the Romila Sessions, as they thoroughly enjoyed laughing and interacting with each other, but most importantly witnessing their long term friend having so much fun. In fact, one of her neighbour’s had been quoted saying: “This is the liveliest I have seen Margery since moving in! It is the most Margery has seemed herself for a long time!”