Elsie Agent is Queen for a Day!

16th March 2011

From left to right:

Care South’s Templeman House resident Elsie Agent with her limousine and chauffeur.

Templeman House, Bournemouth.

Templeman House residents, friends, family and staff celebrating Dignity in Action day with the release of 75 balloons.

There was plenty of bowing and curtseying at Templeman House in Bournemouth when Elsie Agent was granted her wish of being treated like a Queen for a day.

Elsie, aged 89, had taken part in the home’s balloon release to mark Dignity in Action Day. Residents attached a wish to each balloon, and Templeman House has undertaken to fulfill each wish in the coming months with the help of local businesses and the community.

Deanna Barnes, the home manager, says: “Elsie’s special day began with breakfast in the dining room with the other residents. Wearing her tiara she graciously acknowledged the ‘Hello Ma’am’ and ‘Good morning Your Majesty’ of staff and residents when they approached her”.

During the morning Elsie was guest of honour at the home’s pancake tossing competitions, and then she joined everyone for lunch before getting changed for her tour of the local area in a limousine.

After Buck’s Fizz and a presentation of flowers Elsie was escorted to her limousine, which was provided free of charge by a local company, and she had the personal services of Mr Neil Scott as her chauffeur. Accompanied by her niece Pat and her friend Joy, Elsie was taken on a trip around Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Poole, stopping in the park to feed the ducks. Her stately return to Templeman House was met with lots of bowing and waving from other residents.

Elsie was overjoyed at the experience, and said: “I can’t believe it happened! It was so special and I would like to thank everyone so much!”

A book of photographs has been made for Elsie as a keepsake of her royal day.

Templeman House is one of 20 homes operated by Dorset-based Care South, which provides high quality residential, home care, and close care in the south of England.

Dignity in Action Day which took place this year on 25 February aims to ensure that people in care are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.