Residents from Signature Senior Lifestyle’s Cliveden Manor, Marlow, have been enjoying weekly virtual shopping trips

The chance to enjoy a weekly ‘virtual shopping’ trip throughout September to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill store, based in the Flowerland Garden Centre at Bourne End, proved to be retail therapy with a difference for Signature’s residents.

Not to mention a pleasant way to avoid the crowds and get in some early Christmas shopping.

Via a video-call from the activities room, Cliveden Manor residents were given a personal tour around the store. They were able to point to the items they liked, with the help of Signature activities manager Natalie Waller showing them a variety of styles, colours and sizes.

When everybody had made their choices, Natalie returned to the home with bags full of new clothes for those who had bought for themselves to try on for size; or others to put away for Christmas.

Before lockdown, residents and staff enjoyed many an afternoon mooching around the garden centre, with the Edinburgh Woollen Mill as a highlight of the trip.

There they would be welcomed and served by Janet (Store Manager) or Pam (Events Manager).

A couple of times a year, Pam even pays a special visit to Cliveden Manor with a selection of clothing for residents to try on.

However since this has been no longer possible – a new initiative has been devised which has proved a happy solution for all.

Signature Cliveden Manor is located in Marlow, within the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty on the River Thames.

Cliveden Manor offers award-winning care and nursing with high-quality lifestyle facilities and activities programmes.

To find out more, please visit www.signature-care-homes.co.uk

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