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Liverpool care home residents seek TikTok fame

Generations Together: Elliott Stanley, 6, and Margaret O'Hare, 90.

A Liverpool care home is hoping to find fame after creating its own TikTok video.

Staff and residents of Oak Springs Care Home teamed up with a group of local children to make their version of Dolly Parton’s smash hit ‘9 to 5’.

The video features residents jumping out of bed, then dancing in the garden, lounge and laundry room with staff and the children. There was even a member of staff dressed up as Dolly Parton – Ellie Longman’s usual day job is Activities Co-ordinator for the home.

The fun video was made for Music Week, all part of an innovative project called Generations Together developed by Andrea Lyon, Registered Manager of the home, as a way of bringing young and old together and inspiring lots of memories and fun.

Every Friday throughout the summer holidays, Eleanor Watson, 5, Elliot Stanley, 6, Thomas Watson, 8, and 12-year-old Gracie Healey visited the Wavertree home to spend time with a selection of the care home’s residents.

Andrea Lyon said: “Project Generations Together is our way of encouraging interaction between the age groups, building precious bonds and sharing lots of lovely memories.

“It has been a huge success and everyone involved has had a brilliant time working on it. The children who visited the home brought a new perspective to everything.

“Everyone loved creating the Tik Tok video and I think it gives a real insight in to the friendly environment in our home.”

Resident Margaret O’Hare, 90, said “Filming the TikTok was fun and a fantastic day. We have really enjoyed our time with the children this summer. They are so chatty and helpful.”

Resident Terence Symes, 71, said: “Recreating Dolly’s iconic hit with the staff and children was a hoot. Being around the children all summer and hearing about their lives has been brilliant.”

One of the children, Thomas Watson, 8, said: “Making the TikTok with the staff and residents was such great fun.”

Gracie Healey, 12, said: “It has been a great summer coming into the home every week. The Tik Tok was a real highlight.”

Oak Springs Care Home in Liverpool is part of the Sandstone Care Group, an independent, quality-driven care home operator.



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