We have a fabulous team at Summerdyne, who always go that extra mile for our residents.
Nicola, our fabulous activities coordinator, has made sure that our residents have had a busy start to 2019, to banish any January blues. Some of our events have included:
Having a Yarn
We have a lot of creative knitters at Summerdyne, so we have started our “Having a Yarn” crafting group. Knitting needles were clicking away and conversation was lively and enjoyable. We have many projects on the go with lots of patterns to choose from.
One of our gentlemen was delighted to have the TV to himself! He took the opportunity to watch a rugby DVD which he thoroughly enjoyed.
We celebrated the 2019 Year of the Pig for Chinese New Year. We made Chinese lanterns, tested our brains on Chinese trivia and ate Chinese food.
Residents also enjoyed a traditional Scottish neaps and tatties lunch with haggis for our Burns Night celebrations. Our gentlemen especially enjoyed the whisky – “Sliante Mhath” (Good Health).
On 1st February we supported Dignity Action Day. A lovely afternoon sharing time together and cake. This is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers and members of the public, to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a memorable day for people who use care services. Even though it’s something we do all the time at Summerdyne, it’s important to take the time to remember that residents, families, friends, work colleagues and everyone that we come into contact with, gets treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
Residents and staff joined in with the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch weekend. We made feeders to encourage the birds into the garden and used binoculars to keep a close eye on who visited the garden.
We have also booked our first ever batch of hatching eggs to arrive in March. This it through a company called Living Eggs who have a Ready To Hatch programme. We will be able to keep the eggs in an incubator provided, and hatch them in time for Easter. The company has been established since 1995 and has a very strict ethical and chick welfare policy. All the chicks we hatch will be re-homed by Living Eggs. For more information please click the link https://www.livingeggs.co.uk/
As you can imagine, there have been lots of bird related conversations. Residents shared memories of chickens kept at home and raising cockerels for the dinner table!
The very talented John Knox entertained us all with his saxophone playing. Many favourite tunes were enjoyed by all.
Corrine visited to play a cello recital.
Tom Wenlock had us dancing and singing one morning. Tom is very much enjoyed by us all, but one lady in particular has a fondness for Tom and was over the moon when we purchased two of Toms CD’s. She can now listen to him whenever she likes.
Two residents had a trip out to Stourport Dementia Cafe where we met with our sister home Astley Hall and enjoyed listening and dancing to JDR.
Our staff and the community going the extra mile
We want to give a BIG shout out and thank you to all our staff and the wider Summerdyne community for going the extra mile for the happiness of our residents:
Thank you to Sharon who maintains our fish tank. Last week she bought some new additions. Before they were set free into the big tank she took them around for every resident to have a close look.
When one of our residents moved into Summerdyne, she was very concerned about where her beloved dog Chloe would live. Chloe found a lovely home and her new owner brings her to Summerdyne regularly so our resident maintains contact with her dog. Chloe’s visits bring many smiles and our resident is very happy knowing her dog is loved and well looked after.
Everyone loves to be treated every now and then. Whilst out shopping one member of our staff, Nikki, spotted a dress that they knew one of our residents would really like. Needless to say she was correct – one happy lady couldn’t wait to wear it. Her family were so touched and it’s lovely to know our staff think of our residents even when they are not at work.