October 2017 Newsletter
LOTS of IMPROVEMENTS…
There has again been a lot of changes happening in the home over the past few months. We have continued to invest money in to the homes environment. More bedrooms have been stripped back to the bones and thanks to the teams ideas and imagination we have been able to design some outstanding, person centred bedrooms.
I am sure you are as delighted as we are to see the improvements that are continually happening within the home. We have noticed that a lot more residents are enjoying sitting in the new lounge area that was created earlier this year. As a home our reputation is growing by the week. We are receiving excellent feedback and recommendations from professionals and relatives. This helps us as a team, as it lifts morale.
Our latest exciting idea is to introduce intergenerational care in to the home. I`m sure many of you watched the documentary called 4 year olds in care home, that was aired last month on TV. As a team, this programme inspired us and we felt we could offer our residents the same kind of interaction. Therefore we contacted Clifton Lodge Nursery, and after explaining our vision to the nursery manager, Lisa who loved the idea.
We began the programme on the 9th October. We have paired 4 children up with 4 residents. The children will visit the home and do activities such as crafts, games, reading or simply just chatting. We will also visit the children at their nursery. Where again stimulating activities will be provided. The programme will last for a 6 week period. As the documentary highlighted. We too are hoping to see improvements in the residents health and well being. And if the first meeting is anything to go by, we are sure we will.
As a home we have also had an exciting new addition to our team. Eric the cat. He is a 3 year old, Ginger cat who is extremely affectionate and loves nothing else but sitting on laps and getting stroked. We decided to invest in a homely cat due to the positive reaction we received from the residents when a wall art picture of a cat was placed within the home. Eric has only been in the home for a short while. However he`s already making the residents smile.
Halloween is almost upon us again. And as a home we are organising a party day. We are planing to start the party at 2pm on Tuesday 31st October. We have planned entertainment and Alison our cook is preparing a spooky-licious buffet. If you can make it, we would love to see you.
We have had an extremely generous offer from one of our relatives. Tara is offering to donate, to each one of our residents their own personnel mug. The mug will have the residents name on and photos of family and friends. We think this is a great idea as they can be used as tools to open conversations and reminisce with residents.
If anyone is interested in Taras generous offer. She can be contacted on 01723800121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of Taras stock as well as Taras personal story, explaining why she began to create dementia items can be found on her website www.carryonprinting.co.uk
Finally. As a Christmas gift we would like to purchase each one of our residents a person centred place mat for the dinning table. However in order to provide each resident with a mat we will need your help. We would need 4-6 photographs for each resident. These can be family photos, holiday photos or simply photos of memorable times. As a home we believe that all meal times should be a social event. We feel the place mats will encourage this.
Debbie and the team are already busy planning the homes Christmas festivities. The residents loved the homes activities so much last year we have decided to do something very similar. We will be inviting childrens nurserys and schools in to sing their carols to us. We will have visits from the big man himself and lots of fun and cheer. Debbie will be sending you a list of activities and dates very soon.
In the meantime
THANK YOU for your Continuous support AND…..