A song and dance to mark 50th anniversary of east Hull's Nicholson House care home
RESIDENTS at a care home in east Hull took to the microphone for a sing-along to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Nicholson House in Mirfield Grove first opened its doors in 1963 and looks after older people with health, social and dementia care needs.
Elderly residents, friends, family and staff gathered together for an afternoon of entertainment and activities to mark the milestone.
Manager Carole Parker said: "Our golden rule is to look after people how we would like to be treated.
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"We want to do all we can for our residents and remember the person they used to be as well as the person they are today.
"Nicholson House is one of only three council-run residential care homes in Hull, and with the current Government cuts it's a real achievement to be celebrating 50 years.
"The council does all it can to keep us established and open and we are very grateful."
Staff also discussed the special occasion with retired painter and decorator Peter Atkin, who recalled the severe winter of 1963 as he was working at Nicholson House for the Healey Brothers.
He said it was so cold that work was suspended on the building as the plaster, cement and paint were unable to dry.
Carole has worked for the council for about 30 years and has been at the home for ten. She said her role is "extremely rewarding" and the home has high expectations.
"We are proud of the fact we are a safety net in the city," she said. "We also provide care for those coming out of hospital before they are able to go back home.
"This is a 29-bed capacity unit with eight beds for respite to deal with the catastrophe of bed-blocking in hospitals.
"The staff at Nicholson House are trained to deal with elderly people with complex needs and we treat our residents with respect and dignity.
"At the moment, we have 22 permanent clients and many of them joined us to celebrate the home's 50th anniversary.
"We had a lovely buffet, live entertainment from local singer Bruce Cherry and some of the residents even got up to give us a song, it was a wonderful afternoon for everyone to be a part of."
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