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15 Feb 2016

The residents Kingswood Lodge Care Home in Wotton-under-Edge have had a fun few weeks with various activities and visitors arranged by the team. From birthday celebrations to taking a trip down memory lane, it has all happened at Kingswood Lodge.

One of the residents at the home recently celebrated her birthday so the team arranged a special meal for her and some friends. She and 3 other residents chatted the afternoon away with a bottle of wine to mark the occasion.

Everyone had a feast on Shrove Tuesday as the team made the residents stacks of pancakes with fillings of their choice. The team amused everyone with their skills of flipping pancakes; although some did end up on the floor, everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

A new experience for all, the team invited the company ‘The Memory Van’ to come to the home and showcase their memorabilia. The Memory Van travels around the UK with vintage items to help stimulate residents into discussions about their pasts. The team invited family members to come and join in the fun to see whether they could guess what some of the items were.

Angela Wright, Deputy Home Manager, told us “We’ve certainly had fun here at Kingswood Lodge. All the residents enjoyed laughing at our pancake flipping. The Memory Van was also great – the residents had a lot of fun looking through the vintage things. They all told us about the things they remembered and showed family members what things were used for. It was very interesting to hear some of the stories they all had”.

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15 Feb 2016

As we say goodbye to Valentine’s Day for another year – let’s take a look at some of the wonderful things our homes got up to over the weekend. Everyone went to town with decorations and entertainment to get everyone in the spirit of love.

Preston Glades Care Home in Preston decorated their living room from head to toe in love heart bunting. They also thought it would be a good idea to have a large heart in which people could write lovely messages on about what Valentine’s Day means to them.

Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport also got into the spirit and arranged a special candle lit Valentine’s meal to be served in true restaurant style. The team decorated the dining room with love hearts all around which got residents talking about all the surprises they’d had over the years on Valentine’s Day.

There was a Valentine’s party at The Cedars and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston where the team organised a ‘Name the Valentine’s bear’ competition to help raise funds for the residents’ fund. After much discussion, the bear was named Dottie. They had a buffet tea whilst a local entertainer came in to perform for the residents.

Ladyville Lodge Care Home in Ockendon celebrated the day with a Masquerade Ball. The residents spent the week making their own masks and decorations ready for the big event. The team made special Valentine’s treats including some love heart cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.

Willow Lodge Care Home in Newcastle-upon-Tyne celebrated the day with a chocolate fountain and other lovely treats. Residents toasted to the day with their favourite tipple.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all at Four Seasons Health Care.

12 Feb 2016

As part of their Chinese New Year celebrations, the catering team at The Court Care Home in Ballymoney cooked up a Chinese buffet for residents and families to enjoy for lunch. The team spent the morning doing a Rhythm and Movement class which was also Chinese themed.

There were compliments all round for the chefs for their exemplary efforts in creating a large Chinese buffet. The dining room was decorated with lanterns and there were also traditional Chinese outfits for people to try. Fortune cookies were provided which got everyone talking about what they may mean.

Louise McIlwarth, Home Manager, told us “We had a lovely day celebrating Chinese New Year – the food was delicious and we’ve had plenty of requests to have the food again. Everyone was really interested in the fortune cookies we had and it certainly got everyone talking”.

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11 Feb 2016

A local RSPB group close to Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon were recently kind enough to donate a variety of bird feeders, fat balls and seed for the team to put up around the garden to give residents the opportunity to sit and view the wildlife. They also provided the home with a wide range of literature for residents to read and learn about the different visitors that may visit their garden.

As the weather starts to improve, the team thought it would be a good idea to join forces with the RSPB to encourage wildlife to visit the courtyard at Ringshill. The team put up bird feeders around the courtyard so residents could sit and watch the birds just in time for National Nest Box Week.

Katie Wilkinson, Home Manager, told us “The residents take great pleasure from watching the wildlife come into their garden. It sparks conversation between everyone to see if they can identify the different birds from the books donated from the RSPB who we couldn’t thank enough”.

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10 Feb 2016

There’s been fun all round at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend over the past week as they celebrated Dignity through Action day, Chinese New Year and Shrove Tuesday. The team have been extremely busy arranging various activities for residents and family members to get involved in.

To celebrate Dignity through Action Day (Feb 1st), the team decided it would be a good idea to create a canvas which contains thoughts about dignity and what it meant to different people. Residents, relatives and visitors all got involved to share their opinion on dignity. There was also a buffet throughout the day which everyone tucked into.

As part of Chinese New Year, everyone enjoyed entertainment provided by a Chinese Dragon magician who wowed the audience with tricks and mystical illusions. To get everyone in the spirit, the catering team put together a traditional Chinese meal with prawn crackers and fortune cookies for everyone to enjoy.

Of course not missing out on the fun of Pancake Day, Howdon enjoyed a pancake picnic in which residents could choose and prepare their own fillings to go in their pancakes. Some strange combinations were made but everyone was full up to the brim with pancakes by the end of the day.

Ruth Todd, Home Manager, told us “We’ve had a wonderful week here at Howdon and the fun doesn’t stop here as we have loads of other events coming up!”

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