Winter Warmers - 25th December

Four homes join together in harmony for Christmas

Merry Christmas from Four Seasons Health Care! We hope you enjoy the holiday period and have a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

For our big Winter Warmer finale we’re sharing with you a story about four of our homes in Northern Ireland who came together for Christmas.

Singing is close to many residents’ hearts, which is why neighbouring homes Sandringham, Mahon Hall, Lisnisky and Dungannon decided to join forces and have one big carol service and spread some Christmas cheer.

Community, families, friends and local politicians were also invited to come along and join in the celebrations and to spare a thought for those less fortunate or going through hardship over the Christmas period.

Sandringham took the lead and helped choose a selection of the best loved carols. Home Manager Tracey, who was dressed as Mrs Clause on the day said: “We’ve been meeting up for the past 7 weeks for practice and the residents and staff have just had a ball. They love it!

We made up packs of the carols along with backing tracks and sent them out to the other homes and encouraged them to have a weekly practice too.

The carol service was a huge success – buses collected the residents at each of their homes and transported them along to Lisnisky Care Home where some of their friends and loved ones joined them.

Relatives and care teams read poems and bible readings and we enjoyed a very special performance of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ from Dungannon Care Home – it was fantastic!

The service closed with everyone taking hands and singing the great loved song – Auld Lyn Syne. Something tells us this is the beginning of a long lasting tradition. ”

Other colleagues also donned Christmas fancy dressed including the Personal Activities Leader (PAL), Catering Manager and House-keeper who were dressed as elves. The catering team also put on a delicious spread of festive treats for everyone.

Valarie, a resident’s daughter, said, “It was great to join Mum at the Carol Service along with my daughter and grandson – great job to all who organised”.

Date published: 25 December 2018


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