Egg-travaganza as homes celebrate Easter
The Easter Weekend saw many of us celebrate the occasion with friends and family. No matter whether you celebrated in a traditional or modern way, you marked the occasion in your own way. This was no different to our homes across the UK.
An Easter craft and chat club was in full swing at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham. The craft afternoon was dedicated to the designing and making of Easter bonnets for the ladies and boaters for the gentlemen. The different themes varied by colour, subject, even a bit of whatever the resident fancied. With a selection of flowers, feathers, papers, eggs, chicks and bunnies the display of finished hats was a beautiful sight to see.
Creating bonnets prior to Easter parties was a big feature in many of our homes. It’s great to see some of the creations people have created from Hartwell Care Home in Ecclesfield, The Lodge Care Home in Killamarsh, Cherry Trees Care Home in Barnsley and Southfield Court Care Home in Huddersfield.
Meanwhile at Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon, they had a special visit from the Easter Bunny. The Anglia Co-operative Funeral Directors donated Easter eggs to the home’s raffle, all in aid of raising money for the residents’ entertainment fund. The two representatives turned up in bunny masks when they delivered the eggs, giving the residents something to chuckle about.
At South Park Care Home in York, they home had a very busy Easter period. They baked a selection of goodies for their Easter Fair and then held an egg hunt for residents and their families.
The team at Copper Beeches in Rochester dressed up for Easter to surprise residents and their families. Two tigers, a zebra and a giraffe – all equipped with bunny ears – helped residents and their relatives take part in an Easter egg hunt. A lovely day was had by all, with residents commenting on the lovely atmosphere within the home.
Residents at Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead took to the floor to work off some of their chocolate. A singer came in to entertain the residents, a few even persuaded Activity Coordinators Hayley Mercer and Karen Cullis into having a little jig.
The Easter Bunny also surprised residents, their families and the team at Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster and joined in with the Easter celebrations. The bunny came to say hello and delivered chocolate eggs to everyone. Some of the residents were thrilled to have shaken his hand and all of the children adored him.
St Catherine's Care Home in Bolton, held an Easter inspired event complete with cakes, a raffle and a seasonal game of bingo. The event was attended by residents, relatives and people from the local community. A total of $£400 was raised for the residents fund.
At Kestrel Lodge Care Home in Kirkby in Ashfield they held the biggest Easter party anyone has ever seen. Residents, relatives and the local community got involved in an easter egg hunt, tea party, raffle and listened to music from a local entertainer. A fantastic day was had by all.
At Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven the staff and residents had a lovely Sunday roast lunch and took part in an Easter egg hunt that was organised by the Deputy Manager! They had a Bonnie Bonnet Competition where we designed and decorated Easter Bonnets. They held two competitions for the staff and residents alike.
18 Dec 2017
Residents and the care team at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham had a lovely Christmas treat as some local school children from St Teresa’s School Choir came carol singing.
Christine Tyrrell, Home Manager, said: “The residents really enjoyed listening to the carols. Some even got up and sang along with the children, especially when Jingle Bells and Silent Night were sung. The spirit of Christmas has definitely arrived at Murdoch House.”
18 Dec 2017
Residents, relatives and the care team from Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow got into the Christmas spirit last week as they celebrated Christmas Jumper Day.
Everyone did their best to wear the most novelty jumper possible, and the results (as you can see by the picture) are quite outstanding.
Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “We all thought we’d wear our best novelty jumper to raise some money to provide special experiences for the residents in our care. We all had lots of fun and I want to thank everyone who donated.”
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!”