It may have been a quieter Christmas, but we found many reasons for Christmas cheer, particularly with the positive vaccine news. Also, such support from family, friends and our West Eaton local community made our residents feel so loved and our team so supported.
Christmas cheer – Vaccinations!
Thankfully the Pfizer vaccine became available very quickly in the Leominster area. The majority of our staff were able to have their first dose in mid-December and residents received theirs on the 30th December, delivered by the Doctors and staff from The Marches surgery. To date, many staff have now had their 2nd dose and the residents will be getting theirs on the 20th January.
There is a period of time until the vaccine becomes fully effective, but we are hopeful that this will pave the way back to normality in 2021. Our residents are certainly looking forward to those long awaited hugs from loved ones.
Festive cheer in our home
Our Christmas decorations went up early this year to spread some festive cheer. The home looked beautiful with its five indoor trees and Herefordshire Council also gifted us a real Christmas tree. We decorated this with lights outside, so that all the passing motorists could catch a glimpse.
We did plenty of Christmas crafts including some stained glass window art made with tissue paper. Our glittery pine cones were hung on our outside tree. Growing Point donated materials to help us make some lovely snowman table decorations.
In November, Clare (our Lifestyle and Wellbeing Co-ordinator) became a qualified Singing for the Brain practitioner with the Alzheimer’s Society. We started our singing sessions in December with some Christmas songs and carols. It was lovely to see such enthusiasm from the residents and to discover the wonderful voice that Jean Roberts Cox has. Together we sang Away in a Manger for our ‘All Sing Together’ entry. We were blown away by the number of entries that we received from residents’ families, staff, local community and professional entertainers. There were tears of happiness from our residents seeing everyone singing for them. You all brought so much cheer – thank you!
The clip clop of hooves….
…. not Rudolph, but as good in our eyes was Shetland pony Obi. Morrison’s in Leominster arrived with Obi in his Christmas outfit and reindeer horns to distribute some selection boxes, mince pies and chocolates for the staff and residents. He was a huge hit and we hope that he will come and visit again.
We also had some Elves on Horseback arrive from the local community to bring some festive cheer.
Socially distanced visitors
The Deputy Mayor for Leominster, John Rumsey called by and thanked the staff for the great job they are doing keeping our residents safe and Covid free. Such a boost for our team.
On Christmas Eve, one of our resident’s family bought a small group of carol singers over to sing on the patio.
Then on New Year’s Eve our favourite Bagpiper, Simon Addison, did a rendition of Scottish classics, including Auld Lang Syne.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2021 from the team at West Eaton.