Gracewell of High Wycombe, a local care home that provides personalised nursing, residential care, dementia care and end of life care, has opened its very own in-house bar for residents to enjoy.
The concept of the bar was first imagined by Gracewell of High Wycombe’s General Manager, Rozina Ali, as she wanted to offer residents another area where they can go to enjoy a leisurely drink and socialise. After Rozina proposed the idea, staff consulted with residents on the idea and received very positive feedback.
The bar is named Gait’s Bar, as Gait is the surname of a resident at Gracewell of High Wycombe who was one of the first to move to the care home. Bryan Gait was pleasantly surprised when he was told – on his 95th birthday in September - that the bar would be named after him. He is always keen to share his incredible stories with his fellow residents, particularly of his time as an RAF pilot in the second world war and as a commercial pilot for British Airways.
On Thursday 23rd January, Gracewell of High Wycombe held a Chinese New Year themed celebration to officially open Gait’s Bar. The celebration consisted of Chinese-themed entertainment, decorations, and a freshly prepared buffet.
Gait’s Bar has a wide selection of drinks, music player and the bar has double doors which open out onto the care home’s sensory garden, and in the summer, these will be left open. Also, the bar is bespoke made from timber to Gracewell of High Wycombe’s specification.
Gracewell of High Wycombe host a happy hour every day before dinner at Gait’s Bar and the residents can enjoy a drink and a chat while the in-house dining team prepare their food. The care home plan to host a variety of events and activities at the bar that will include regular entertainment, traditional bar games and snacks.
Rozina Ali, General Manager at Gracewell of High Wycombe, said:
“Residents are very excited that they have another place to socialise and it’s a lovely way for them to relax and unwind. Also, many residents have family and friends that have enjoyed coming to visit and seeing Gait’s bar. Bryan was one of our first residents at Gracewell of High Wycombe, he is an incredible person with many fascinating stories and we are delighted to name the bar after him!”