Residents at Scunthorpe-based St Mary’s Care Home have risen to a festive baking challenge!
Not content with just eating Christmas treats, residents at the care home on Speedwell Crescent decided to have a go at making their own gingerbread biscuits. Although the first round ended up looking more like gingerbread buns, by the second, they had perfected their technique.
St Mary’s resident Dolly Drinkall, said: “I haven’t been able to bake for a long time because I’m blind but Stella and one of the other girls helped me out and I enjoyed it. I was a bit cautious at first, but in the end, I found it very relaxing as Natasha gave me a bit of guidance.”
The Perfect Sweet Treat in a Hurry
Fellow resident, Beryl, added; “It’s been about forty years since I last made these, a long time ago. I have always enjoyed baking especially biscuits. Biscuits are best because they are quick and when you need something sweet in a hurry biscuits fit in nicely.”
In the run-up to Christmas, the St Mary’s residents also whipped up a few batches of mince pies. From stirring the festively fragranced mixture to rolling out the dough, everyone enjoyed getting involved. Later on, the Christmas goodies were served up for afternoon tea.
Residents at the Scunthorpe care home are keen bakers and regularly enjoy creating cakes and biscuits as part of the home’s weekly activity programme. While the actions associated with baking are great for promoting dexterity and coordination, the textures, tastes and smells are great for reminiscing. Particularly at Christmastime, with festive flavours like ginger, lemon peel and allspice, baking activities can bring back fond childhood memories.