Bringing the Seaside to The Elms
The Elms Care Centre in Louth has recently unveiled their man-made beach located right on their doorstep. The team wanted to create a unique and enjoyable atmosphere for the residents to use on a daily basis. They celebrated the grand opening of the beach with a Hawaiian style beach party and Great British seaside themed refreshments.
The event was a way for residents and relatives to enjoy a day at the beach without travelling to the coast. Children, and adults, played in the sand and created some impressive sandcastles. To add to the fun, bats and balls were available for everyone to play on the sand. The beach even had its own donkey. Families were able to sit in The Elms’ bird watching area and admire the local wildlife in the sunshine. Fish and chips in cones were also on offer to top of the seaside theme; with afternoon tea and cupcakes for dessert.
The project was created by Mick O’Hara, maintenance person, and Guy Evison, gardener at The Elms. Both Mick and Guy wanted to produce an environment for the residents to enjoy at the home that they wouldn’t usually be able to. They worked extremely hard to ensure the beach was created to the high standard they had planned. The beach will be available for residents all year round and become a great place for their visitors to enjoy too.
Tina Goodwin, Home Manager, told us “I’m so proud to have this wonderful development at The Elms; both Mick and Guy worked ever so hard on it. The Hawaiian beach party was a success; it was lovely to see the residents kick off their shoes and sit on the sand with their families. The project was a way of enriching the environment and the lives of our residents as many of them are unable to go out of the home and enjoy the seaside. I can’t wait to enjoy many more days at our seaside with residents and relatives”.
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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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