There are many definitions of kindness. “Compassion and love in perfect harmony” and “love made visible” are two of our favourites. One quote from the Dalia Lama resonates with us in us caring for our residents.
Acts of kindness make such a difference
Our Forget me Not mobile café is a lovely time for a cuppa with residents, a slice of cake and a catch up. Our chefs are always so thoughtful, making sure residents have their favourite cakes and bakes, making lovely treats and occasion cakes. There wasn’t a crumb left of the honeycomb toffee cheesecake.
We have a blanket of snow here but it’s a bit chilly to venture out in. So our incredible team brought the winter wonderland inside! Snowball shenanigans and mini snowmen to just enjoy the fun part of the snow.
But with our stunning views and places to potter, our garden is perfect for a walk to freshen up and blow away the cobwebs. An arm to hold for extra reassurance and someone there to enjoy the time. Or to sit in a sunny spot, with a beer and a packet of crisps – recreating a pub garden moment for our Tony – complete with his favourite Buddy Holly on.
Our carers bring the fun and crazy capers to make residents smile. Wear a Hat Day certainly brought smiles to everyone’s faces. Look at these pictures! Aren’t they great!
Messages of kindness
Thank you to the children from Witley Wrap Around Care who hand made card for our residents. Their lovely messages inside really did make our residents days.
We have also been making and sending birthday cards. One of the residents Ruth, at our sister home The Lawns will be turning 106! We wanted to send our best wishes and contribute to the homes 106 cards challenge!
Remember its Valentines Day fast approaching. If you wish to share the love with family members, friends or even with our team – don’t forget to get in touch so we can help you say something special.
Dignity Action Day
This is a national day on 1st February each year for people who work in care to reflect on the importance of dignity. https://www.dignityincare.org.uk/
The 10 Dignity Do’s describe values and actions that high quality services that respect people’s dignity should follow. These are intrinsically linked to kindness, compassion and love.
- Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
- Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
- Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
- Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
- Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
- Respect people’s right to privacy
- Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
- Engage with family members and carers as care partners
- Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
- Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation