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Spring is in the air at Highstone Mews

Spring is in the air at Highstone Mews Care Home in Barnsley, as residents helped the team put 'all hands on deck' with their spring clean.

It all started off with a tidy up of the home’s garden, removing the weeds and any leftover debris from winter. This was quickly followed by an arts and craft session, where the residents created some bespoke decorations to celebrate St David’s Day. They even made their very own dragon!

There was no rest for the wicked, as the residents were encouraged to keep moving by local organisation Pulse, an exercise team. Pulse demonstrated a number of chair exercises for residents to complete. The residents duly obliged, and even put a few of the care home team to shame!

It’s not all go at Highstone Mews though the residents have indulged in a pamper session, which included many of the residents getting manicures and pedicures. Bingo is a firm favourite at the home, especially as the prizes for winning are of the chocolate variety.

Other relaxing activities have seen the curtains closed, for a movie morning where residents enjoyed a selection of popcorn and snacks for their ‘big screen’ experience.

Over the past couple of weeks the home has celebrated a couple of their resident’s birthdays, with one lively resident encouraging everyone else to join in an afternoon of singing and dancing, bringing the party atmosphere into the home.

Kay Littledyke, Home Manager said: “We’ve had a busy few weeks here at Highstone Mews. We do a range of activities to cater for all of our residents’ needs. I think we were all surprised at how flexible some of them were in the Pulse chair exercise session, although lots of fun was had.

“We’re always open to new ideas and regularly listen to our any suggestions our residents have. Our Quality of Life data backs this up with 92% of residents saying that they are listened to by the team.

“The home has definitely got that spring vibe and I’m looking forward to seeing what other decorations the residents make for upcoming events. It’s safe to say the dragon will be a hard one to beat.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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