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When you think of care homes, you might conjure images of tea breaks, knitting and gardening.
But the residents of Sherwood Grange, in Kingston Vale, are flipping stereotypes on their head: activities at this care home include nude life drawing.
Yes, the residents of this Care UK home are encouraged and empowered to take up any activities they like, and a recent request asked for the chance to draw a nude model.
When asked what kind of model they preferred, the class (made up of mostly women) almost unanimously landed on a "nice handsome man". Incredible.
Care workers set to granting their wish, and soon enough, they'd hired a professional model - who met the group's strict criteria - to come in for an afternoon of life drawing.
With guidance by professional artist Robin Rutherford, the residents took to sketching the man.
The activity was part of a month-long festival, The Big Draw, sponsored by Care UK, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.
The festival had also seen the pensioners take a trip to France to enjoy sketching and watercolour painting. They'd also completed some life drawing classes at the nearby Dorich House Museum.
Rick Mayne, home manager at Sherwood Grange, said: "Most people expect life in a care home to be a certain way - but here at Sherwood Grange we're keen to ensure that there are no limitations and every day can be different and fun.
"Life in our care home is all about helping people to enjoy more independent and fulfilling lives - and today that meant expanding people's experiences and doing something out of the ordinary.
"It's fair to say we've never had a nude model at the home before - but based on the response we may well do again!"
According to Sherwood, the residents were full of praise for the class afterwards and were eager to get another one booked in. We wonder why!
Can we pre-book to be in this care home when we're older?
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