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Celebrating a Successful Pancake Day in Your Care Home

Updated: Jun 17


We’re officially in February, which means Shrove Tuesday is almost here - or, as many people more affectionately refer to it, pancake day! Having been a tradition in the UK for centuries, it’s a day to be enjoyed by all ages, including seniors.


Just because some senior citizens reside in care homes, that doesn’t mean they should miss out on an opportunity to enjoy the festivities of a day they likely grew up partaking in. read on below as we discuss why and how you should celebrate pancake day in your care facility.


Why Celebrate?


Socialisation


Many care homes often provide regular activities and opportunities for their residents to socialise, something which is incredibly important later in life to prevent loneliness, promote cognitive function and enhance overall wellbeing.


Pancake day provides the perfect opportunity to create a social setting. Residents can flock together to enjoy the tasty treats, try their hands at flipping pancakes and discuss their preferred toppings as well as reminisce on their experiences of this day growing up.


Nostalgia


Following on from the latter point, pancake day can actually be a day that’s incredibly nostalgic for many care home residents. Evidence suggests that the tradition of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has been around since as early as the 1400s, meaning many residents will have likely grown up eating pancakes on this day, as well as continued this tradition with their own families.


Encouraging them to celebrate it offers them a chance to reflect on meaningful memories.


Stimulation


Getting residents involved with the pancake day fun is a great way to keep them active and stimulated. Whether it be helping to make the batter, flipping the pancakes or simply choosing their preferred toppings, getting involved is great for their mental and physical wellbeing.


Flippingly Fun Ideas


Flipping Competition


To make the most of pancake day in your care home, you could hold a friendly flipping competition, seeing which resident is able to flip a pancake the highest. In order to stay safe, this could be done with a ready made pancake and a cold pan, avoiding the chances of anyone getting burned.


This can serve as a really fun and stimulating activity and can be done either standing or sitting, depending on residents’ abilities.


Serving Station


Another great option is to set up a serving station whereby residents can choose their preferred toppings and serve themselves their own pancakes. This can help them feel a sense of autonomy, something which is highly important when residing in a care home.

You could even switch things up and offer both sweet and savoury toppings to cater to all taste preferences!


Operate Under the Best Care Home Policies and Procedures


If you run a care home, then you’ll understand the importance of offering first-class services and caring for your residents to the best ability. Whilst offering unique activities, such as celebrating pancake day, showcases your dedication to this, you’ll also want to ensure that you remain CQC compliant.


Here at Bettal Quality Consultancy, we offer comprehensive CQC compliant policies and procedures at an affordable cost. Get in touch with us today to register or view our free sample documents for care homes.


We also offer help with CQC registration if you’re looking to open a new care home or offer domiciliary care services.


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