Care home’s visit from pole dancing performers is a vital and pioneering example of diversity and choice in social care provision, says Revitalise
Revitalise responds to Guardian article, suggesting implementation of unconventional activities could signal a shift in attitudes and approach towards social care provision
National respite holiday charity Revitalise has responded to a comment piece featured in The Guardian recently, following a Dorset care home’s decision to invite a group of pole dancers to perform for its elderly residents.
The article, by author and Guardian columnist Michele Hanson, provides a personal perspective on the topic and explains how the entertainment was arranged for residents as a result of them having chosen it for themselves from a list of options.
Revitalise which has over 50 years’ experience of providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers, is praising the initiative believing that a person centred approach to social care is essential.
Entertainment and activities are an important part of the break experience offered to guests, with a variety of excursions and entertainment – including indoor skydiving, performances from tribute acts, drag queens and belly dancers – provided all year long.
The idea of consulting with guests in regards to the entertainment and activities provided is something that Revitalise strongly believes in, enabling informed decisions to be made, while ensuring that everyone can enjoy their best holiday experience with the charity.
Speaking of the need to encourage greater choice and individuality from within the social care sector, Revitalise CEO Chris Simmonds commented:
“It is fantastic to see that there are other social care providers out there willing to push the boundaries and give their guests the chance to experience new, different things.
“When many of us go on holiday, we don’t just look forward to the chance to take a break, we also want to try new things, explore new places and come away having made memorable moments with those we hold close.
“Disabled people and older people are no different in wanting to make the most of life’s experiences. That’s why it’s so important that as a society we do not allow ourselves to simply focus on the provision of social care, but to place the people for which we are providing care at the very centre of our work.”