15 Jul 19

Buchan House revisits The Imperial War Museum

The people living at Buchan House had been eagerly awaiting their second visit to The Imperial War Museum in Duxford, which took play on Friday and was just a popular as their first outing! As Britain’s largest Aviation Museum, it fills seven large exhibition halls, and so it is impossible to view every display in just one day. During Friday’s trip, the residents looked around the halls that were missed on their previous trip.

The Imperial War Museum remains an active airfield, which is used by many civilian flying companies and holds regular air shows including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Over the weekend it held one of it’s many shows, so on Friday, guests were treated to some aerial displays of practising aircraft.

Everyone really enjoyed the day the team from Buchan House were very grateful to all their relatives and friends who took the time out of their week to attend and help during the trip!

15 Jul 19

Park Avenue enjoy a day out at Burnt Ash Community Fun Day

Each year in Bromley, local businesses join together to organise ‘Burnt Ash Community Fun Day’; a fantastic afternoon of live entertainment, food stalls, a dog show and more. The event invites the public to enjoy a variety of different stalls and activities in the nearby King Edward Park.

A group of people who live at Park Avenue Care Home asked to go along to the local event, so Lifestyle Coordinator Gladys Mercilline planned a day trip for them all. The weather was wonderful and many of the residents were joined by their families as they looked around the stalls, playing games and enjoying refreshments.

Day trips yield a wide variety of benefits, including enhancing residents’ well-being, raising their self-esteem, and even helping to reduce loneliness and isolation. They involve residents more closely in their local community, and keep them in touch with their own personal history. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, thanking Gladys for organising the trip and expressing just how much they are already looking forward to their next outing!

12 Jul 19

Longfield enjoy a barbecue in the summer sunshine

This week the people living at Longfield Care Home were joined by team members; together they enjoyed a summertime feast as the barbecue was lit and music filled the air, creating a wonderful atmosphere for a afternoon of delicious food, laughter and conversations.

The group were treated to burgers, hot-dogs, Chinese-style ribs, fruit smoothies, and a delicious trifle for desert! Everyone ate together in the garden, enjoying the wonderful weather. Residents commented how lovely it was to enjoy their food outdoors, surrounded by good company. Comfort foods are always a big hit; bringing back pleasant memories and recollections of family recipes and past get-togethers.

Home Manager Gina Copsey shared her thoughts on the event “It’s on days like this that I know I have the best job in the world! Great people, great food, great surroundings. What more could I ask for?”

12 Jul 19

Buchan House has fun in the sun with their first BBQ of 2019

This week saw Buchan House’s first weekly BBQ of the Summer season, now the weather had finally decided to brighten up! Many of the people living at Buchan House along with their relatives and friends put on their sunscreen and sat outside, enjoying the sunshine and the delicious food barbecued by the care home’s wonderful Chefs, and enjoying the brand new garden furniture.

Thanks to the sunny summer afternoon there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere; the music and chatter carried on the afternoon breeze and everyone was happily helping themselves to the lovely spread. Even Buchan’s resident cat, Mischief, was catered for and enjoying herself!

Buchan House will be having a BBQ every Thursday throughout the Summer, weather permitting. All residents, along with their family and friends are welcome and encouraged to join in!

12 Jul 19

Chickens come home to roost at Brook House

In April 2019 Brook House took in 12 tiny chicken eggs, incubating them until they were ready, and looking after the chicks as a joint effort between residents and team members once they hatched! When they were ready to go to a new home, four of the chickens were adopted by Brook House’s Deputy Manager, Jessy.

In the three months since they hatched, the hens have all grown and flourished into a flock of friendly chickens! This week, Jessy bought in the hens to visit the residents again. Everyone living at the home was amazed to see how much they had grown and were delighted to pet and feed them!

While providing a common interest for all residents and stimulating social interaction, looking after chicks each year also tends to bring back memories of the ‘good old days’, when many families kept chickens in their gardens.

11 Jul 19

Caring couple at Primrose Croft head into retirement together

It was a day of celebrations at Primrose Croft this week as Husband and Wife couple, Nadiya and Valarii headed into retirement together.

Nadiya started her career as a Carer at the home before progressing into a Team Leader role, whilst Valarii split his time between the laundry room and kitchen acting as a Relief Cook. Both certainly played pivotal roles in the operation of the home and their kind and caring nature was appreciated by all the staff and residents.

A party was hosted to celebrate their service where gifts were exchanged and stories shared from their time at Primrose Croft.

We wish them both the very best for a healthy, enjoyable retirement together.

11 Jul 19

Etheldred House residents get closer to nature at Wicken Fen reserve

Residents and team members of Etheldred House got up close and personal with nature last week during a trip to Wicken Fen Reserve in Cambridge. Observing the array of wildlife and plants the reserve had to offer was interesting for all and with information boards on display around the site, residents took the opportunity to learn more about the inhabitants of the 254 hectacre biological site. Other areas of interest included a large windmill where residents stopped and were fascinated at how well the structure had been maintained despite it’s standing age.

All members on the trip then stopped at one of the river banks where they enjoyed the relaxing scenery and birdsong from the surrounding trees. After exploring the whole reserve and working up an appetite, the team rested at the onsite café where they shared stories from the day and sampled the local homemade ice cream.

11 Jul 19

Betty and Barbara treated to pamper day at Rheola Care Home

Residents Betty and Barbara have enjoyed a morning of Pampering at Rheola Care Home in Cambridge.

Rheola have schemes in place where specialists in the hair and beauty sectors come in to the home and give the residents one on one pamper sessions. This morning, Betty and Barbara had a manicure session with Kirsty and a style by hairdresser, Lisa which made them feel relaxed and looking like a million Dollars.

Sessions with people from the health and beauty sector are really beneficial for residents as it helps them to bring back old memories and provides them with a friendly face that isn’t in the home everyday. These schemes are also very beneficial for the wellbeing of the people that live at Rheola and as seen in the picture, never fails to bring a smile.

11 Jul 19

Windsor SMILE Team bring the races to Lime Court Care Home

The Windsor Learning Community “SMILE” team at Harwich and Dovercourt High School took a trip to Lime Court Care Home this week to take part in a ‘Horseracing afternoon’ with residents.

The set up was simple – roll the dice and move your horse that many spaces towards the end on the track until a winner crossed the finish line. The race was tense with some friendly competition involved but number 2 ‘Wonkey’ ended up surpassing his name and finishing the race first.

This wasn’t the biggest highlight for residents though, as communicating with young people in the local community and finding out about their ambitions and goals really brightens their day. It also helps to give residents a greater sense of purpose as they pass on knowledge and advice they have learnt throughout their life. This really helps to connect the community and positive experiences like this are attracting other schools in the region to take up similar schemes.

10 Jul 19

Lime Court welcome a visit from Spring Meadow Primary School

Yesterday afternoon, pupils from Spring Meadow Primary School in Harwich paid a very pleasant visit to the people living at Lime Court Care Home.

The students joined in with an interactive afternoon of bingo games. They all got on so well, with residents teaching the younger generation all about the games; answering their questions and chatting about playing bingo in the past. Once they had got the swing of things, the children began helping the residents with their games too, marking off their numbers as they were called!

Following the games everyone enjoyed some lovely scones, along with homemade jam and cream which the school had kindly bought in.