August 2013

I hope you are managing to get out and enjoy some of the sunny days we’ve had recently. Our drive outs continue successfully with many residents getting away for a change of scene. Pet and Marc took another group out for a lovely pub lunch in Eynsford.

We had a holiday theme for our special lunch this month: Caribbean/ Jamaican/Holiday and many residents and special guest, Beth, who joined them, enjoyed the different menu choices of Trinidadian fish stew or Jerk Chicken with rice and peas, all washed down with delicious tropical fruit juices. The dining room looked bright and colourful with white cloths and cheery napkins featuring exotic birds and brightly coloured flower arrangements, from Maggie, our florist, decorated with colourful little umbrellas. Bright pictures and hanging tissue paper fruits, bananas and pineapple, decorated the walls and Jamaican flags on the tables and bunting finished off the look! After a fun sing a along and this nice lunch residents were in a relaxed holiday mood for the afternoon.

We have enjoyed a number of entertainers this past month including:

  • Nathan Rhodes, keyboard player and singer, a regular and popular performer with the residents.
  • Jim, our self-taught pianist, has continued to visit monthly, on a Friday afternoon, which has been a nice way to start off the weekend.
  • SG Productions sent a replacement ‘Frank Sinatra’, as the previous one a few weeks ago wasn’t up to scratch and this was much much better.
  • Martin Charles, multi-instrumentalist, came with a range of instruments and residents enjoyed this afternoon with lots of foot tapping and hand clapping.
  • We had a new entertainer with his LIVE sing a along show with piano and residents readily joined in with all their favourite songs.

 

Our volunteers have been wonderful and are really making a difference in the lives of our residents by giving one to one special time and assisting with activities to enrich their days. Unfortunately, they are now awaiting DBS checks (police checks) before they can resume their volunteering. They were visiting in communal areas, using existing CRB’S, however there has been a policy change.

 

I would like to thank the carers who have undertaken many and varied activities with their residents while I have been on annual leave this summer.

 

Joanna Brick

Activities Co-ordinator

 

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