Image: Twitter/@robertspeker

LOOK: Seniors in nursing home and their caregivers recreate classic album covers

July 15th, 2020

While some people might be running out of ways to pass the time during the quarantine period, the lovely senior folks and staff at a nursing home in London, United Kingdom just found a way to entertain themselves amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The residents and caregivers at Sydmar Lodge Care Home recreated the hit albums of chart-topping singers and bands like Madonna, Taylor Swift, Adele, Queen, Elvis Presley and more.

The activities coordinator at the care home, Robert Speker, showed the residents’ wacky album recreations via Twitter last Saturday, July 11. The effort has since transformed into a fundraiser for charities.


Image: Twitter/@robertspeker

“The home has now been in lockdown for 4 months,” Speker said. Nonetheless, they seemed to have made the most of it with their unique project.

A resident named Vera recreated Adele’s “21” album, while another did her own take on Swift’s “1989” album — based on Swift’s birth year — with her own “1922” album cover.

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” met its match through a certain Martin Steinberg, who is apparently “Born in England”. The parody mimicked Springsteen’s album art of a male dressed in a white top and denim jeans, with a cap inserted in one of the jean pockets.

Queen’s iconic “Queen II” album cover, with the four band members standing behind a black background with sinister lighting illuminating their faces, was recreated by the care home’s staff, with their version called “Carers”.

Sydmar Lodge Care Home residents and carers have been recreating classic album covers. The home has now been in lockdown for 4 months.

— Robert Speker (@robertspeker) July 10, 2020

Aside from the artists mentioned above, the care home likewise did their own take of Michael Jackson’s “Bad”, Presley’s self-titled album, The Clash’s “London Calling”, Johnny Cash’s “American IV: The Man Comes Around”, Madonna’s “True Blue”, Blink-182’s “Enema of the State”, David Bowie “Aladdin Sane” and Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human”.

— Robert Speker (@robertspeker) July 10, 2020

— Robert Speker (@robertspeker) July 10, 2020


Since the photography project has “raised awareness globally,” a fundraiser called “The Show Must Go On” was eventually organized by Speker via GoFundMe last Monday, July 13.

Speker said that part of his job in the care home is to keep the residents entertained “with no outside entertainers or family.” He stressed that since the health crisis could take months, it was crucial to keep the residents happy and “full of spirit.”

The care home will split the funds to several charities helping the elderly people, namely Dementia Friends U.K., Alzheimer’s Society and Age U.K. JB


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