Ipswich care home resident takes to the sky!

A resident at Handford House care home in Ipswich has had the experience of a lifetime thanks to staff at the home.

Sam, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, took part in an indoor sky dive for the first time last week; something she has always wanted to do.

Sam has been at the home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, for almost eight years and was one of its first residents. Home Manager Mike Parris was chatting with her about activities and asked her what would be the one thing she’d love to do and ‘Indoor sky diving’ was the answer!

Mike, activities co-ordinator Kelly and Carer Vikki got to work to make Sam’s wish a reality, and took her to iFly in Milton Keynes for the day on Friday 13th October. She flew three times, one of which was with the use of a virtual reality helmet, allowing her to feel as though she was sky diving outside.

Home Manager Mike said, “It was really quite an emotional experience to be able to arrange this for Sam. She has limited mobility and is confined to her wheelchair for the majority of the time, so to give her this experience of complete physical freedom was fantastic.

“We aim to tailor our facilities and our activities around the wishes and needs of our residents, and where possible we try to do something really special for them, like this. Being able to help our residents live a fulfilling life is all that we work for, and the outcome of this will have a positive overall effect on their wellbeing.

“I’d like to thank Greg and Emma at iFly who provided a fantastic service and really helped Sam enjoy the ultimate experience of a lifetime.”