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Isa Reynolds with George the Puffin, Catmoor House Care Home.

A care provider has teamed up with a wildlife centre to allow its residents to experience marine and wildlife environments, despite the current lockdown restrictions.

HC-One has collaborated with the Scottish Seabird Centre (SSC), a conservation and education charity based in North Berwick, to introduce a designed multimedia interactive wellbeing pack. 

This initiative aims to bring the outdoor environment into care homes for residents, with a set of marine digital resources. Videos of wildlife and marine life, stories from the seaside, podcasts, blog posts, online science activities, film lists, marine-themed books, links to live wildlife camera feeds and much more can all be accessed through an online platform.   

The Scottish Seabird Centre works to inspire and educate people about the marine environment and believes that everyone should have access to it, irrespective of location or circumstance. The wildlife wellbeing pack, created and developed by the Education Team, is available to access in all HC-One care homes across England, Wales and Scotland. 

The technology brings the outdoor environment, such as the seaside and ocean, directly into HC-One care homes to residents virtually through their tablets.  

Robi Roccella, Head of Quality of Life at HC-One, commented: “We have been delighted to work with the Scottish Seabird Centre to bring elements of the outdoor environment inside our care homes to allow residents to experience and learn fascinating facts and information about marine and wildlife environments. During these unprecedented times, the importance of enhancing residents’ wellbeing and providing stimulation to their body, mind and soul has been even greater.  

“With restrictions in place regarding trips outside of the care home, including visits to the seaside, aquariums and museums, it is even more important now that the wellbeing of residents and their quality of life remains of equal importance to the quality of the care they receive. Being near the ocean helps to improve our health and wellbeing and, with the current restrictions in place, this initiative provides a wonderful opportunity for our residents to explore wildlife and marine life without the need to leave the comfort of their homes. Thank you to the Scottish Seabird Centre for their help and support in providing our care homes with the vital resources to allow everyone, regardless of their circumstance or location, to be able to access outdoor environments.”

Residents were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the wildlife wellbeing packs to the Scottish Seabird Centre by completing a survey, which were all entered into a prize draw. The winning care home, Catmoor House, received a wildlife adoption pack for a puffin who they’ve named George.

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