Jesmond residents take to the seas to visit a pod of dolphins

By August 30, 2019 No Comments

Residents from Renaissance Care’s Jesmond Care Home have enjoyed a day out at sea, dolphin spotting.

Aberdeen Harbour Boat Tours took eight thrilled occupants, with a combined age of 679 on a one-hour trip departing from Aberdeen Harbour, a short drive from Jesmond.

Bob McKay 79, a retired seafarer, thoroughly enjoyed his experience. He was previously a trawler man and spent most of his working life on boats, recalling some of the vessels he had spent time on including Ben Meidie and Ben Tarbet.

Mr McKay said: “Being back on a boat feels like home. I’ve worked at sea all my life so it’s good to be back.”

Another resident, Alma Bell, 90, was able to temporarily captain the boat, taking the helm and even wearing a captain’s hat.

Aside from residents, staff and family members also joined the outing.

Emily Macintosh, 83, whose daughter Susan also joined the trip said she hadn’t been at sea since the age of 12 – although, impressively she did go white water rafting with her late husband in their early 60s.

Her daughter, Susan Reid said “What an amazing experience for the residents at Jesmond care home and thanks to the lovely team there. My mum thoroughly enjoyed it, spotting dolphins which led to big smiles all round. It was a privilege to be able to help.”

Their day was rounded off with the traditional seaside meal of a local fish and chips.

Jesmond manager Dawn Gardiner said: “It has been lovely to watch our residents enjoy a day trip to see dolphins.

“One of our priorities is to ensure residents have regular activities and outings to look forward to and engage with the wider community. These trips are fantastic for morale and have great benefits for overall health and wellbeing.”

Aside from being enjoyable, days out and activities such an animal therapy are shown to support elderly people, supporting physical, emotional and mental health.

Jesmond Care Home is located on the outskirts of Bridge of Don, specialising in dementia care.