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An engAging time for residents with iPads and City Arts Nottingham

Technology and Dementia are two areas that dont always go 'hand in hand', but we were able to get the full benefit of  top expertise on this matter. City Arts Nottingham put together a programme for utilising the iPad within a care home setting, to make a range of  creative activities available, as part of the Imagine Project. This project was established by City Arts following their successful funding win for 'Arts and older people in care'.

 Activities Co-ordinator, Katie, shows Pat some different things she can do on the iPad.

 Workshops over the 6 week period culminated  in this monatage below. It was discovered that residents liked an end result, such as a 'printed' output and that an exhibition of the work created an even more positive outcome for the individuals involved. This helped recall of the tasks undertaken. Patricia Wass, Mary Hazard and Keith Gilbert were the residents who enjoyed creating the poster below. 

 iPads are used to stimulate creativity and can be used to record activities, with a vast access to a wide range of creative programmes from design to filming and music. The flower arranging activity was especially popular and residents enjoyed taking their finished item to display in their rooms.The little decorative birds used in the arrangements have created a lasting impression.

 

Resident Keith selected the Elvis picture, as he is a very keen fan, he enjoyed listening to Elvis whilst viewing the pictures of him , with this picture of Elvis being his favourite. 

 

 As well as the residents enjoying the art programme, Katies said 'We enjoyed the whole experience and I am thankful we had the chance at Park House to introduce this programme with the iPads'
 

 Individuals involved in this particular workshop selected their individual background designs.Those who hadn't engaged in the project became used to the activities and got interested in what was taking place.  

Posted on 25 Jan 2015
Songs from the Ages Lift the January Spirits at Canal Vue

Entertainment inspired movement as 'Songs from the Ages' got our residents dancing;

We all love a 'sing along' and residents at Canal Vue are no exception, the yellow swirly skirt catching the attention in this 'number'

 A Dance - hug is sometimes what we need!

 

 Hands knees and bumpsadaisy;

 

 

All taking place in the wonderful setting of Canal Vue Care Home

Posted on 19 Jan 2015
Beyond the Call of Duty at Park House

 Eastgate Staff are well known for their dressing-up and for going the extra mile, well these two staff at Park House certainly fulfilled both these criteria. Carers Brenda Hill and Maureen Slater decided to do more than a 'fancy jumper' and give our residents a treat and probably a laugh too as they came to work in their elves costumes.

Brenda and Maureen are really good elves, as they look after the residents on a daily basis and over the holiday period too.

 

 
   
Posted on 05 Jan 2015
New Operations Manager - Helen Belgrave Joins Management Team

We would like to welcome Helen Belgrave to the Eastgate Management Team as Operations Manager

 

Helen has worked for almost 30 years in the care industry, starting her career as a Care Assistant and then qualifying as a Nurse. After 15 years nursing in the NHS, Helen followed this with 7 years in care management for Social Services. Her experience extends to Care Home Management in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and more recently she has been an Operations Manager in the North of England.

 

 Helen’s passion lies with residential, dementia and nursing in older people.

 

 

In the short term Helen will be based at Canal Vue as temporary Home Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the short term Helen will be based at Canal Vue as temporary Home Manager.

 

Posted on 16 Dec 2014
Christmas Art at Canal Vue & Into the Community

The residents at Canal Vue were treated to a  lantern making session, when  artist Ola Wilson from company Artstage, led two creative groups last week;

In order to create the lanterns groups of 6 residents went about selecting colours and sizes of 'leaves' Below Sylvia enjoys selecting lots of leaves to complete her lantern.

The tricky part was actually sticking the decorations at the end, this proved challenging, but with the help of Activity Coordinator Daniel the task was completed. Pat liked doing the gluing 'bit'..........

This was a way for our residents to participate in the Christmas 'making' event in the comfort of their own home - Canal Vue.

The lanterns are going to be displayed in the Erewash Museum at the Winter Solstice Festival- on the years shortest day - 20th December 'In this way we get to take part in a community event' said a relative.

 

The next bit of artistry happens when local poet Lynn Luddit pays us a visit.

Following which our residents can relax and watch the Christmas Pantomime - Oh No They Wont - We hope they will.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014
Moving On - Sue Clifford

   

Following five successful years as Operations Manager for Eastgate Care, Sue Clifford is retiring from her position, to pursue other avenues.

   

Posted on 11 Dec 2014
Girls night out - Girls night in - Bulwell and Aspley

Park House residents enjoy going out in Bulwell to see the lights & our residents at Melbourne House Aspley like to stay in and enjoy the warmth;

 

Residents - Bertha Lockyer and Mary Ball with Park House Staff, Carer Nicola and Shirley (Kitchen)  all 'togged up' for their big night out, to see the 'lighting up' in Bulwell town.

 

Poppies inspire our Melbourne artists to enjoy the warmth of their care home and 'create' while those hardy Bulwell folk wrap up and 'brave the elements' for the lights.

 

We all like to hear some live music and especially a band playing carols, helps to get in the Christmas spirit.

 

Concentrating on colouring gives a real focus, as shown here by our lady resident in the pink!

 

Gathering round the laden tree our ladies pose before returning back to a their warm welcoming home and maybe a cup of Horlicks?

 We can see how satisfying this art activity was by the lovely smile on our ladies face as she enjoys her creativity, in by the hearth.

 

Well done to all the carers and relatives for making a big effort to get residents to this festive evening;

Posted on 03 Dec 2014
Carers Corner at Park House - A warming story

A warming story, as carer Brenda helps residents in the new Park House wing to make their own 'fire' ;

 All a part of the carers role as carer Brenda gets 'stuck in' literally! Helping residents Dagmar (in the background putting on gloves) and Margaret with their fireplace project.

 

Listening and learning is as much a part of the carers' role as personal hygiene.

Our carers provide the foundation for daily life at all the care homes. They care for your nearest and dearest.

Carers Maria and Paula make a positive difference to our residents' lives.

 

Making tiles for the surround - both these residents enjoy interaction with their carers and Brenda obviously has an eye for activities!

The finished fireplace, giving a warm glow to the residents lounge.

More Carers Corner 'tales' from the Eastgate Newsletter;

We asked some of our experienced Park House carers to share their thoughts with us;

Maria Rovetto (4 years as a carer) says: 'The reason I enjoy caring for the residents is because I learn a lot about the residents and the past. I enjoy talking with them and listening to their stories about how their life used to be back in their day, we talk a lot between us'

 

Paula Butler enjoys her role as Senior Carer partly because of the different needs of the residents, which has changed during her 16 years at Park House. Paula says,

 Care is more varied and challenging today, but that makes it interesting and every day is different.  I work with a great team and I am still learning something new and that is very rewarding.

 

 

Posted on 01 Dec 2014
Craft Stalls - A Big Sell Out at Canal Vue

The recent Christmas Craft Fayre, with a variety of stalls, was a huge success for the home with lots of gift ideas for those visiting, mulled wine and mince pies went down well too!

Everyone joined in and Activity Coordinator Daniel enlisted residents Joyce and Sylvia to help with the stalls, they really enjoyed being a part of the action.

Violet sitting comfortably enjoying the 'fare'

 Its great having the stall holders visit, so our residents get the opportunity to browse in the comfort of their home.

Jean likes to look at the Jewellery with the help of Carer Claire.

 

 

The tombola was ever popular and contributed to the fund raising.

Cards and Candles for sale added to the purchasing options. Below resident Phillip is joined by his wife.

Lots of funds for the residents accrued from this successful activity and they got to shop too! Thanks to all staff and stall holders for supporting this event

Alison and her card stall above.

 

Christmas activities continue at Canal Vue, with the ongoing cake raffle and the much awaited Pantomime.

Posted on 26 Nov 2014
Canal Vue Get Wicked at Halloween

Its a happening time of year and their is lots on the calendar for our residents and relatives. Activities are key for us at Canal Vue said home manager Marie Martin and there’s lots more planned;

Residents revelled in the spooky event  and especially enjoyed the themed food—pumpkin pies and ghostly cakes were ever popular. Further enjoyment was gleaned from the staff  ‘dressing up’ and it was rumoured that Count Dracula even paid a visit!  

 

Pumpkin carving ensured we had a creative day too. 

 
 

Christmas craft stall event  Sunday 23rd November, open to the public 2.30 to 4.30pm.,

Puss in Boots Panto, on 17th December and a Christmas Party  too.

 

 

 

Posted on 21 Oct 2014

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