Residents of a luxury all-inclusive care home in Chesham wrapped up warm and took to the ice rink for an unforgettable afternoon of ice skating on Monday 11th December.

Portobello Place, which is a part of the Berkley Care Group, visited Chiltern View Ice Skating Rink with seven residents who slid on their skates and glided along the ice.

The outing was inspired by conversations with residents who, during the holiday season, had expressed their desire to experience ice skating once again. For many, it had been a favourite past-time of their younger years. In response, the team worked to fulfill these requests while ensuring safety and accessibility for the residents.

The ice-skating rink provided a wheelchair-friendly ramp and had skating guards available for assistance. This setup enabled all residents, regardless of their mobility levels, to safely participate in the fun. Those who were wheelchair-bound enjoyed the skating experience while being pushed by carers on skates.

A highlight of the trip was the impromptu race on the ice, which brought joy and laughter to both residents and staff.

The outing was a resounding success and brought back many happy memories for the residents. Everyone at the home is eagerly anticipating the next ice-skating trip scheduled for later in December.

Commenting on the event, Jurgita Maksimova, Activities Coordinator at Portobello Place, said:

“The excitement we witnessed during our ice-skating event trip was truly heartwarming. It was a vivid reminder of why we do what we do here at Portobello Place. It was a pleasure to watch our residents enjoying themselves, many of whom had not felt the exhilarating thrill of ice-skating in several years.

“This event was so much more than just an afternoon of skating; it was a celebration of breaking down barriers, embracing inclusivity, and creating memorable moments that echo the cherished memories of our residents. Seeing their excitement to be back on the ice, sharing heartwarming stories from their younger days, and impressing everyone with tales of the tricks they used to do was truly inspiring.

“We are immensely thankful to Chiltern View Ice Skating rink for accommodating us and helping to make this event possible. It’s moments like these that mean so much to our residents, as they stimulate not just their bodies but their minds and spirits too. We are looking forward to our next visit, hoping to fill it with even more smiles, laughter, and unforgettable experiences.”