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Fish Friday & a Fine Sunny day at Canal Vue

No wonder it is popular at Canal Vue....................................especially on Fridays;

 I was checking out the view from the sunny patio when the waft of Fish n Chips caught my attention. There must be a chip shop nearby I thought, then I was reliably informed that it was Fish Fridays at Canal Vue - so I had to 'check out' the kitchen ....................................

The tow path is looking lovely for a stroll, with the trees just coming into leaf - a great place to 'stop n stare'.

 

 

The serious business of dipping the fish in John's special beer batter.

 

 Kitchen Assistants; Alison and Laura, preparing the choices to accompany the fish; mash or chips, garden peas or mushy. I forgot to ask what was for dessert - there's always choice for the residents.

 

Resident Michael, looking jolly in the stripy top with his visitor Kay (who was dying to get out and do some tidying up of the pots on the patio - volunteers most welcome to help! with the gardening.....) No doubt looking forward to his F & C lunch.

Part of the super friendly  Canal Vue team, who obliged with numerous photos during the morning.

Pictured; Jodie, Larraine, Kayleigh, Ann, Megan, Wendy and Margena.

 Just a cup of tea for me please. Eveleena with the tea trolley.

   

A lovely sunny day by the Erewash Canal.

 

 

Posted on 09 May 2016
Ponies party at Park House Bulwell

Park House Celebrated the Queens birthday in a slightly different way, when special visitors Clip Clop Ponies arrived;

 

Park House Carer, Lynne Brown has a friend who owns the ponies and thought it would be a good idea to bring them in for a visit. Animals are always a good 'talking point' and provide an interest and encourage residents to discuss their experience with animals.

Below, Carer Leann Coupe helps residents integrate with the visiting ponies;

Resident Pat Wass certainly seemed a natural with the animals and enjoys a chat with the pony handler too.

 

 

Clip Clop ponies enjoyed the affection from residents who in turn enjoyed being able to pet them. Resident Evelyn Cropley pictured;

 

Eastgates Human Resource advisor ,Sue Young, is a 'dab hand' with the equine world, but is used to somewhat larger specimens! Sue is interested though to see how staff and residents enjoy the special visit.

Posted on 04 May 2016
Queens Party - Cakes at Canal Vue Ilkeston

Queens Birthday Tea Party gets all involved 

 Preparations get underway for a special party .............

The atrium at Canal Vue, overlooking the scenic Erewash Canal, makes a great party room and the Royal theme really 'suits'.

 

Resident Mary concentrates on mixing this special Victoria sponge for the party.

 Rita Howard and Winni Bramley busy organising ................ Party time is brilliant for getting all involved and the ladies like being busy and useful.

 

Resident Patricia relishes a bit of that cake which Kitchen Assistant Allyson  completed, she made a really good job, great stuff.

All the preparations culminate in a great tea party on this grand occasion. Well done to all the staff, from kitchen to carers and of course Activities Coordinator Megan, for making this an enjoyable event for our residents to participate in.

Posted on 29 Apr 2016
Activities Galore at Melbourne

A whole range of pastimes have been 'going on' at Melbourne House ............................

Not to be daunted by the wet weather, volunteer flower  arranger Jan Hayes visits to help the residents prepare some table decorations for Easter. Pictured below resident Irene with her display.

Exercise bands are not just for the youngsters! Amazing what you can do with chair exercises and the help of instructor Ross who came to inspire........

Pictured Madelaine and Irene with  carer.

 

Music is very popular at Melbourne and this singer Amy Bird from bluebell entertainment, especially so. The residents loved it as she mingled in and seemed to be singing individually to each and every one of them. The 1940's costume was fab too and added to the spectacle.

 

Music and dance gives the best of both worlds - uplifting and some movement too.  Staff get involved and enjoy it too. Carer Jeana helps residents to 'get dancin' (she is a bit of a rock n roll queen in her spare time!)

 

 

 

 

Posted on 08 Apr 2016
Another Century at Park House!

We are proud to have so many elderley residents at our Park House home and this year saw our 3rd 100 year old resident celebrate 'coming of age' - Park House has been her home for 6 years now ;

 

Evelyn is pleased with her correspondence from the queen, who wouldnt be!

 Evelyn looking exotic on her cake.

 

Park House, a great place to hold a party and share with family and friends.

 

4 generations gather for the celebrations: Evelyn pictured with grandaughter and great grandaughter

 

 

Posted on 18 Mar 2016
Walking Caring & Raising Funds

Join with Steph and other employees - do your bit, raise some money and get walking

 

Eastgate’s 10k Fundraising Walk alk

Saturday 25th June 2016

At Wollaton Park

Melbourne House *Canal Vue *Alexandra House*
Belle Vue * Park House

50% of proceeds go to our residents living with Dementia

 

 

 

Steph Johnson is arranging to walk with employees, friends & family and those who would like to participate for the Eastgate Fundraising  sponsored walk.

Pictured below, resident James Shaw, getting ready to go out, helped by Steph Johnson - Head of Residential Care at Melbourne House.

 

For further details, to sponsor or join in contact;

nursesmelbourne@eastgatecare.co.uk

 

 

 

 

The welcoming, caring Melbourne House at Aspley;

Posted on 18 Mar 2016
Busy Caring at Park House Bulwell

There's lots happening at Park House as New Manager - Debbie Smith takes the helm - she will be kept busy at this home for sure, with the highest standards for nursing, end of life care and the fully equipped dementia wing. Debbie has been lead Nurse here so will know what to expect........... 

 Top knitter Dolly, who spends hours every day knitting squares for a big blanket that will be sewn together and sent to an area needing aid. It is unusual to capture her without the knitting said nurse Anne, offering support. - pictured below

  

 Every resident is an individual, treated with respect and compassion.

Pictured dignity Champion Michelle Stevenson;

 

 

An environment good for residents and a pleasant environment for staff to work in, as illustrated below; Anne Davies going about her work with a smile in the kitchen;

 Spacious reception and lounge areas with stylish décor give a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty to look at; areas to relax or do activities and even a special reading corner pictured below.  

Park House - Proud to be recommended on Carehome.co.uk

This is an incredible care home. I was visiting my friend yesterday and there was so much going on. Singing, dancing, games, the staff were joining in and having fun. How wonderful to see people working in a care home truly loving their job. This home should be on the news for what a great home looks like. Thank you, I was so impressed and can not wait to visit next month. Friend of resident

Posted on 09 Mar 2016
New Resident - Timmy the Cat! Alexandra House

Cool Cat - Timmy gets adopted at Alexander House and is a well liked by residents and staff, he is now a well established member of this care home community. Rumour has it he helps with producing the new Newsletter too - which details lots of activities taking place and updates on life at 'Alex House'. Coming up activities include; Crafts, pampering, gardening,

 

 

Timmy strolls freely around and makes it even more homely than ever!

 

Posted on 02 Mar 2016
Monday Music at Melbourne

Lakeside Arts Partner with Melbourne and Nottingham University 

Monday at Melbourne with musical accompaniment was a resounding success, residents responded to the melodious strumming of guitar and sharing of the percussion instruments.  Inevitably popular sing a long songs were chosen, such as; When the Saints Go Marching In, Do Re Me, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary .....................to help engage the residents, who spanned at least 3 decades in age difference.

Music therapist and workshop leader, Thomas Woodward  an engaging and versatile musician leads the way at Melbourne and changed the afternoon into a variety event that all could participate in.

Thomas encouraged residents with guitar, keyboard and singing

 

Daisy Daisy inspired 90 year old Irene to sing a solo verse and her friend at Melbourne, Madelaine (103 years old) offered support.

  3 ladies are happy to sit in their favourite chairs looking out the window, but are able to sing along to Edelweiss and complete the actions for '….whole world in his hands'

 

Things stepped up a gear when 'Lets Twist Again' & 'Blue Suede Shoes' got staff and residents dancing along.

It is well known what a great stimulus music can be, so to get a better understanding of how this works Nottingham University and Lakeside Arts are working together with local care homes, to make observations of how effective music is and what sort of reactions it inspires.

 

Students from New College Nottingham, volunteers at Melbourne were able to participate too.

 

Supported by City Arts and the Baring Foundations Imagine Project.

 

'It was amazing and joyful to see how many residents could sing all the words to the songs and playing percussion instruments was popular too. The staff interacted well and were obviously enjoying the variety' said a relative visiting the home.

 

 

  

Residents are being encouraged to go a step further and bring along their song requests , we look forward to seeing what is suggested and challenging the improvisation of the visiting musicians!

 

Posted on 11 Feb 2016
Imagine - Music at Melbourne

Lakeside Arts partner with Melbourne House to bring music to the residents;

 

 

 

Following last year's successful music sessions we are working together again with Lakeside as part of the City Arts Imagine Project.

Last year  a positive difference to responsiveness of residents ensued from the musical interaction and a change in atmosphere emanated across the whole room. This time a fully qualified music therapist & workshop leader along with music students are bringing along a selection of percussion instruments to engage staff and residents in music-making activities this February.

 

Family and friends are encouraged to join in these sessions on the following Monday afternoons

Monday 8th, 15th & 22nd of February 

at Melbourne House - 2.30-3.30 pm

We look forward to welcoming you along.

  

 

Residents were singing, dancing and playing along

 

This project is part of important University research into the use of therapeutic arts into dementia. A 3 year project managed by City Arts Nottingham and the Abbeyfield Society.

 

Posted on 03 Feb 2016

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