Residents have enjoyed the long summer days in the garden eating alfresco and enjoying garden games. Nothing like a scrabble session for some mental stimulation! During the heatwaves, we have thought of fun ways to beat the heat!
Beating the heat this summer
Hydration was key and we kept that fun with fruit kebabs, ice pops and lollies and cooling mock-tails.
The heat certainly helped the chocolate melt as we marked World Chocolate Day, in the only possible way – eating lots of chocolate! Any excuse! And we helped the already drying flowers on their way by pressing them in a traditional screw-down flower press and then crafting pressed flower cards for families.
As something new, for the Festival of Archaeology we decided to make our own fossils. Residents pressed fern leaves, shells and flowers into clay and we then filled the imprints with plaster of Paris to make fossilised shapes. Moulding of clay is so good for dexterity and has given us lots of ideas for other crafting projects. Clay is also very cooling – another way of beating the heat!
A fond farewell to Vanda
We threw a huge retirement afternoon tea party in our garden for Vanda, who has been with us at Newstead for 19 years caring for our residents, bringing comfort and support, fun and laughter into their lives.
She was always brimming with different craft ideas and ways to bring new experiences into the home. Importantly, she took time with each resident getting to know what made them tick and brought them happiness. She was a great listener and great friend to residents and our staffing team. We are all going to miss her and wish her a happy retirement. Here are a few of our favourite Vanda photos!
We are recruiting!
We are recruiting a new Lifestyle and Wellbeing Coordinator to support Caroline when she returns from maternity leave.
- Your role: Lifestyle & Wellbeing Coordinator Full Time – 37.5 hrs p/w
- Providing person centred group activities and meaningful one to one support for our residents.
- Planning and booking regular activities that encourages residents to live their lives.
- Have a genuine interest in working within the care environment and can work as part of a team with nurses, carers, kitchen and ancillary.
- Must be tech savvy to be able to market the home via Facebook and correspond with friends and family via emails regularly.
- Come with creative ideas and be proactive.
- Maintain community links.
- Be aware of safeguarding our vulnerable residents, be cheerful and compassionate by nature, reliable and trustworthy.
- You will receive full training and support and there are lots of benefits to working with us
- If you are interested in applying for this role please email your CV to [email protected]