Grantham care home gives ace service to residents

Avery Lodge residents play tennis.
Avery Lodge residents play tennis.
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Residents from Avery Lodge Care Home proved age is no barrier to having fun when they took part in a tennis coaching session with Grantham Tennis Club.

The club has specially constructed wheelchairs which some of the residents, who had played tennis in their younger years, where able to use.

The chairs have the wheels set on in a different way to a conventional chair so when the user is playing sport and reaching out of their seat, the chair cannot tip over.

With the help of tennis coach Richard Edgley the care home, in Beacon Lane, Grantham, also broke the record for having the oldest resident taking part.

Joan Bond, who is 96 years young, said she really enjoyed taking part, adding: “I felt 20 years younger, I could move in the chair, it was so amazing – I thought to myself, ‘if I die right now at least I will die happy’.”

Many of the residents gathered around and cheered on those taking part.

The care home’s events co-ordinator Robyn Taylor, who organised the event, said many of the residents in the home have grown up playing tennis but stopped playing as they got older.

She added: “We believe at Avery Lodge that age doesn’t matter at all and residents should be able to continue their hobbies no matter what.

“All those who took part plan to continue playing on a regular basis.

“We go to the tennis club quite a lot for food and drinks and it was only when I got talking to one of the coaches that we found out they could take part.

“Exercise is important for everyone and tennis is a great way to get some and is good fun.”

Robyn plans up to 80 hours of activities for residents per week, from shopping trips to Wii sports and swimming. Residents vote on what they would like to do in their meetings.