Art student Charlotte Owen has been painting murals of Barnsley in Highstone Mews Care Home. Charlotte has worked as a Care Assistant at the home for six years and started the project after the home asked their residents what they would like. She has already transformed one end of a corridor into a train station complete with a train carriage and resident passengers and another of a spitfire fighter. They took photos of the residents dressed up so they could be passengers. It is based on the 1940’s so it is in keeping with their memories. Care Home Manager ‘Karen Hugill said they were keen to improve the experience of residents with dementia. “We really wanted a big drive on dementia care as we don’t want people just sitting around bored. The residents came up with the themes and Charlotte has done a fantastic job creating them”.
Residents and staff at Sunbridge Care Home enjoyed a special Chinese New Year Theme Day to celebrate the year of the dragon by making Chinese Lanterns, discussing which “animal” they were under the Chinese calendar, and enjoying felt fortune cookies.
Sunbridge Care Centre celebrated the new year with an End of The Year quiz, using a year review book made by the Activities Leader and an awards ceremony. All residents won certificates for their hard work during the year, including Best Smile to their eldest resident, Trudy.
A resident of Bethany Nursing Home in Osborne Park, Florence has knitted a lovely multi–coloured scarf for the Dean when she heard he was leaving St John’s Malone for St Anne’s.
Norman Hursty, a resident at Victoria Lodge Care Home in Sunderland, displayed his talent for mouth painting in an exhibition last year at the Care Home - the pictures speak for themselves, he is truly talented! Residents and staff had the pleasure of his artwork being displayed in their home and the exhibition was attended by BBC and Tyne Tees news team. It was also reported in the Sunderland Echo and people from the local community attended.