Care home residents tick off their bucket list with visits to Disneyland and Australia during lockdown

A bucket list tour of the world has been completed by Sheffield care home residents – despite travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic.

Monday, 25th January 2021, 10:34 am

Residents at The Limes Care Home, on Manchester Road, made a bucket list of places they would have liked to visit during their lifetimes.

Instead of planning expensive getaways when international lockdown restrictions are lifted, the residents took to virtual reality experiences on their tablet computers.

They also created digital postcards using an app that generates a background of the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Statue of Liberty, among other tourist sites.

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Resident Joyce Keen, aged 95, had always wanted to visit New York. She said: “I want to see all of the big buildings in the city that never sleeps and the Statue of Liberty. I would have loved to have visited Lady Liberty but never got to see her and this is the closest experience.”

Audrey Barnes, aged 85, chose Paris for her VR holiday. She said: “I loved the experience. The Eiffel Tower looked really amazing.”

Renee Burkinshaw, aged 96, took a trip to Disneyland Paris from the comfort of her armchair. She said: “The place looks magical.”

Resident Renee Burkinshaw, 96, taking a virtual trip to Disneyland Paris

Jean Cooper, aged 90, took a tour of Sydney. She said: “I always wanted to visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge and watch the New Year fireworks display. It was great to do it virtually.”

The home’s activities coordinator, Joe Atkins, downloaded an app called VR Experiences onto the home’s tablets, which enabled the residents to take 3D tours of their dream holiday destinations.

He said: “I really loved seeing the residents smiling faces and hearing them talk about the places they always wanted to visit but were never able to go. Doing a tour that included the top of the Eiffel Tower meant that they could get to the top without having to climb all the steps. As well as the residents, the activity also had a positive effect on the staff, who enjoyed talking to the residents about their holidays and the sights they have seen.

Audrey Barnes, 85, taking a virtual tour of Paris, France

“Although we can’t take residents out at the moment, creating a virtual bucket list for everyone and then visiting those places around the world has given everyone a really different, uplifting experience.”

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Joyce Keen, 95, taking a virtual tour of New York, USA
Renee Burkinshaw, 96, taking a virtual trip to Disneyland Paris
Audrey Barnes, 85, taking a virtual tour of Paris, France
Joyce Keen, 95, taking a virtual tour of New York, USA.
Jean Cooper, 90, taking a virtual tour of Sydney, Australia