Looking after our residents is both caring for their physical needs and also their well-being. We have a Resident of the Day discussion at our team meeting each morning. That meeting involves everyone from the manager, to the nurses, carers, chefs and maintenance. We discuss a particular resident each day – how they are feeling, what they enjoy doing, what could we do to make them feel special. We strongly believe that a persons well-being and physical health are linked and care should be for all aspects of an individual.
Our Lifestyle and Well-being coordinator Clare has a Jaguar F-type sports car – something car enthusiast Roy was delighted to discover. Even better, was when Clare suggested they went out for a drive! His eyes lit up at the prospect and it made his day. His exploits were shared about our home and Jean asked to be taken for a spin too. Another very happy resident!
Top of Clive’s wish-list was a burger with all the trimmings from the kitchen. Michael also re-lived his time driving buses with an early morning Sausage and Egg McMuffin from the nearby McDonalds.
Entertainers in the garden
Thankfully when we have had musicians scheduled to play in our garden this Autumn, the weather has been kind.
Residents have enjoyed musicians Rob and Phil on the guitar and fiddle in the garden. They were socially distanced from our residents who watched from our patio and conservatory.
We had a super performance by 5 wonderful singers on behalf of the charity ‘The Not Forgotten’. Led by Annie Riley, the singers took us on a musical journey from the 1940’s though to the 60’s, including a special tribute to Dame Vera Lynn. It certainly got everyone singing, dancing and flag waving.
Our Mad Hatter’s Tea party
As a special treat for residents we hosted a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Our chef, Tracy, prepared sandwiches, quiches, many delicious pastries and, of course, scones with jam and cream. The residents had fun wearing crazy hats and masks inspired by the children’s classic ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
October 4th World Animal Day
We launched our Virtual Pet Competition where relatives and friends of the home were invited to send in photographs of their pets under various categories:
- Dogs & Puppies,
- Cats& Kittens,
- Small Pets,
- Large Pets and
- Pets in Fancy Dress.
With over 50 entries during the 2 weeks, residents found it hard to judge the winners! They loved seeing everyone’s pets. Thank you to Morrison’s in Leominster, Pets Corner in Hereford, Creature Comforts in Ross-on-Wye and the Balloon Shop in Hereford, for the prize donations.
Promoting well-being through community activities
Our residents also took part in a stone painting activity for the Ross-on-Wye Morrison’s. Their painted stones that are now on display on the window sills of the café area.
We started some football training in the home with some pop up goals and a bag of footballs provided by the Under 11’s Football Club in Ross-on-Wye. Their coaches Jim & Gareth hope to eventually come and run the sessions when Covid-19 restrictions are eased in 2021.
We commemorated Remembrance with poppy inspired crafts and the 2 minutes silence. The local Leominster Branch of the British Legion dropped off a box of poppies and collecting tin so that staff and residents could donate to this worthy cause.
Clare, our Wellbeing & Lifestyle co-ordinator will be finishing her Singing for the Brain training on the 17th & 18th November and in partnership with Dementia Friends will be offering this to our residents. However, in the future running a singing session for the Community will be on the cards.