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Laurel's Lodge and school partner to bridge generations and help children understand dementia

Laurel’s Lodge in Woodside, Aberdeen, and their local primary school have been partnering to build interaction across the generations and to help the children understand dementia. Children from Woodside Primary School have visited residents at Laurels Lodge Care Home and in turn they have invited residents into the school.

The association started as an education project devised by Louise Clark, teacher at Woodside and Linda Mason, Dementia Ambassador for Laurels Lodge.

Before visiting the home the children watched a DVD called “Informed About Dementia” and were given the chance to write their reactions to it. The DVD is also used to build understanding of dementia amongst care home staff and residents’ families.

As part of their learning the children had a tour of the home and the chance to speak with staff and residents. The children also participated in reminiscence activities and a quiz. Later they were able to tell their own grandparents about their experiences

The pupils later returned to Laurels Lodge and entertained the residents. Every child participated and shared their talents. After their show they danced with residents. A group of residents were accompanied by staff to a coffee morning at the school, which brought back a lot of memories.

Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said “It was a wonderful experience for the children and the residents and I think both generations found it enlightening. I hope we can continue this association. Outreach like this is very important in building awareness and understanding of dementia.”

Laurels Lodge is a 45-bedded home, located at Woodside in Aberdeen. It provides services for the elderly with dementia and other conditions. The home includes various special areas such as an old style café room, a pub and a cinema room (known as the “Picture House”), a Granite City wall corridor which is very popular among residents, and the reminiscence room, which is a 40s-50s designed lounge. It also has a sweet shop, where residents can get hold of “old sweets” from yesteryears.

There are 3 gardens which are all used by residents, with the latest addition of a new sensory garden. The garden was first improved with the major effort of our two relatives whose mother was a previous resident at Laurels Lodge. There has been much community involvement in completing the sensory garden, which received funding from the Aberdeen City Council as well as gravel and slab donations from Dewsons. The sensory garden is a result of a team effort involving staff, residents, relatives and outside community.

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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.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


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!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


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!”

Are you looking for a care home in Ebbw Vale? The Rookery Care Home offers support for dementia care.


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.”

Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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