Care Home Residents to Celebrate World Mental Health Day
Four Care Homes who care for people with mental health issues have partnered with the Belfast Trust to celebrate World Mental Health Day with a display of arts and crafts produced by residents of the homes.
The exhibition highlights the importance of mental health and the maintenance of positive mental wellbeing. The exhibition will be officially opened by Lisburn Mayor, Tim Morrow and will take place in the Knockbracken Hall, on the Saintfield Road next Tuesday 10th of October from 3pm-5pm.
The event even attracted an endorsement from The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who have been in touch to congratulate the residents on their work.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director of Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland explained why the organisation places such an emphasis on the mental wellbeing of their residents. “We treat each of our residents across all of our homes as an individual with their own personal choices about care needs and lifestyles. When care needs include mental health as well as physical heath support we recognise the importance of working to maintain healthy mental wellbeing. Working on art and craft keeps our residents active and they take great delight when their talent is recognised. The exhibition is called ‘Metamorphosis’ which is fitting as it heralds the journey to positive mental wellbeing which is vital to all of us, young and old.
“The exhibition is a tribute to the users of our mental health units and to our dedicated teams.”
Melanie Reyes, Home Manager of Saintfield Lodge said: “This whole project has been such a rewarding one for residents and staff alike, it is such a joy to discover how talented our residents are and the pleasure they have taken in their art work, this has brought us all closer as a team.”
Anyone is able to come to the exhibit. So why not pop down and take a look.
17 Dec 2017
Residents, relatives, the care team and local community have all been helping get Riverside View Care Home in Darlington in the festive spirit.
Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “Firstly we want to thank the local Co-Op who raised a lovely £180 for our resident’s fund. This will go towards our Christmas entertainment. On behalf of everyone in the home I want to thank Co-Op for their kind donation.”
Christmas has definitely hit the home, as they all got ready for their Christmas raffle. Complete with their very own naughty elf.
Claire added: “I want to thank everyone who donated to our raffle. The monies raised will go towards providing special experiences for our residents over the festive period. Merry Christmas from everyone at Riverside View.”
16 Dec 2017
The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.
It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.
Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.
May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.
Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.
The headline acts included:
- Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
- Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
- Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
- Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
- Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
- Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
- Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ
Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”
16 Dec 2017
The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.
Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.
Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”
15 Dec 2017
The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.
Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.
Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”
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