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Sing, Sing, Sing for Alexandra House Music Lovers

A great range of singers and musicians visited Alexandra House during December bringing music to the ears of residents.

Many thanks to all the performers visiting us, providing great entertainment and linking us with our community.

Priory Infant School brought their lovely young voices along to serenade us with Christmas carols Brindsley Choir sing out loud and strong, raising the roof in the lounge and raising spirits of all within hearing distance.

 

 

Eastwood academy came along and sang carols, performed scenes from  Grinch, dancing from the Wizard of Oz. A brilliant day was had by all.

Topping off the activities with Christmas fare and sharing with visitors.

 

 

 

 

Below Activities Coordinator Debra organises a shopping trip for Mavis.

Derek, Mavis, June and Eleanor helped make the wreath above from baubles and also some decorations for the tables. Its great we can all be involved and residents love to take part too.

Posted on 20 Dec 2016
Heartfelt Thanks for Special Carers at Canal Vue & Belle Vue

It is lovely to read these words of gratitude from relatives of residents in our care - they know that we care;To carers at Canal Vue and Retina at Belle Vue.

Lots of Thanks go to Retina Simpson a carer at Belle Vue. Retina has a lovely way with lady resident Marie and always has a positive outcome when delivering care to her.

 

 

Posted on 16 Dec 2016
Music to the Ears at Alexandra House

 

Visitors from the community engage with our residents through voice;

The WI choir serenaded the residents one afternoon.

'It was super to have live music and our residents loved it. Thank you to the WI ladies for visiting us' said Activities Co-ordinator, Debra Bonser.

More singing was welcomed when the local Eastwood Brownie Pack visited the home, to sing some carols.

 

Milly chatting and exchanging chocolates with the brownies. Great to see the interaction between the young and the elderly, so many plus points, creating delights on both sides.

Delighted to contribute as Derek and Sheila wrap chocolates up to give out to the brownies from Eastwood.

Singing with a difference comes in the form of cowboy Johnathan, who visits monthly to give a little country and western flavour to the music repartee.

Residents use their own artistic mix to work together to create the butterfly poster below, Mavis, Elsie, Mick and Joyce  - great sentiments.

 

 

Our residents dont live in our workplace, we work in their home.

Posted on 09 Dec 2016
Goodbye's to Well loved Staff at Alexandra House

Staff rallied to say goodbye to Care Home Manger, Marie-Duke Parker and Assistant Manager, Sally Barry at Alexandra House, Eastwood.

 

It was with sadness that staff said goodbye to both Marie and Sally, mentors and leaders and always caring individuals with knowledge of the elderley.

'We are fortunate to have enjoyed their nursing expertise and caring nature, for many years at Alexandra House and thank them for their commitment and dedication to Alexandra House staff and residents' said Eastgate founder CEO James Day.

Sally may be back at 'holiday' times and of course as head of Eastgate Web pages! Wishing Marie well in her break from care.

Both Marie and Sally as well as fulfilling their Care and nursing duties were always enthusiastic and willing to take part & good team builders. Below Marie at the recent Eastgate Sports Day.

Posted on 06 Dec 2016
Fun of the Fare in Ilkeston

A great day out at the Ilkeston fare for Canal Vue residents, sampling almost all the accoutrements;

Nothing like sharing a cuppa at The John Warren

Happy residents and carers enjoying the fun of the fare. Listening to the music from the Waltzers, all the residents had a marvellous time, a great atmosphere and lots happening.

 Residents on the visit were: Marilyn, Winnifred, Anthony, Joyce and  Mary.

Staff accompanying them: Kayleigh, Paul, Louise, Zoe,  Andrew.

Hot dogs, cups of steaming tea and of course the Cakewalk, dont think we quite managed the latter...............

Nothing like 'hook a duck' to make you feel a part of the fare!

 

 

Posted on 11 Nov 2016
Winter Seaside Creativity with City Arts Nottingham

Nottinghams City Arts hosted a great 'Be beside the Seaside' crafty day at their quarters in Hockley Nottingham;

Our residents really enjoyed the creative experience afforded them as they concentrated on their creations, forgetting about the awful weather outside.

All materials were supplied and the staff were so helpful and understanding, they bought out our artistic skills.

We had a great time reminiscing too about seaside pastimes.

Clive from Park House, Bulwell, putting his seaside memories into a picture.

Proud of having created an abstract picture.

 We all enjoyed it, the whole day was a great success and we would like to thank City Arts for sharing their facilities and skills with us. Said Eastgate's Head of Recreation, Andrew Good

This project has been created for the Imagine: Arts and Older People programme, one of only four arts projects in the country to be awarded money from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and older people in care fund. 

Irene at Melbourne House gets ready early for Christmas practicing her artwork

 

 

Posted on 11 Nov 2016
Pretty Creepy at Canal Vue ..........

Canal Vue staff pulled out the stoppers to compete in the Halloween Hell. They are reknowned for their dressing up antics, but looked far too attractive to win the top prize ...............

 

Abbie and Leah look charming in their outfits.

Lots of Halloween decor helped create atmosphere.....

Kayleigh wins the cheekiness 'stake'

Carol Martin and Claire Edwards not at all creepy!

Everyone participated so well, staff and residents too and it made for a very exciting day at Canal Vue's Halloween extravaganza.

Activity Coordinator Abbie and staff members worked really hard to make this a memorable occasion for the residents at Canal Vue

.Below our two lady residents surrounded by window decorations

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Below a spooky table 'set' 

& Canal Vue in more tranquil times.....

Top prize for make up goes to Paula Kimberley

 

 

Posted on 04 Nov 2016
....Competing for Scariness

Staff and Residents at Eastwood joined in the Eastgate eeriness 'stakes'!

Staff member Sarah Hill, gave a lovely smile and is not at all scary.....unlike her colleagues..

Alexandra House did a wonderful job of dressing up and it was a very close competition between Park and Alex House for who could be the scarriest, they all made such an effort.

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...........scary colleagues Anne Soar and below left Carrie Cauldwell, they're lovely really!

 

It was great to have the children along, naturally they like dressing up too, which is lovely for the elderley residents to see.

Well done to all particants

 

Posted on 04 Nov 2016
Halloween Hell at Park House Bulwell

A hellish competition between our care homes for halloween really brought out the costumes, as staff and residents love to dress up - some creepy & some funny stuff too;

Above resident Jane Rigby looks the part and commanded head of table at the lunch, great to see the participation and involvement of staff and residents.

The Halloween competition run throughout all the homes was won by Park house

Lots of fun was had by all, with spooky themed lunch and tea and haunted fun games. Staff dressed specially for the occasion, with some scary guises  

Caroline Downing won the homes best dressed spookster below. Pictured left is cape man (Hospitality Manager) - Johnathan Horwood not looking so inviting here and also left is frighteningly glamourous Activities Coordinator - Karen Law, a major contribuotor to the days skull duggery.

Pumpkin Man (staff member Eric Moise) above is looking a bit heady I'm sure you will agree.

Staff Anne Davis and Michelle Stevenson are certainly dressed to kill!

 

Diane Good - Park House Chef, made some delightful cakes, she also made witches semolina which was bright green and prepared other spooky dishes for our residents, finishing with finger and spider cake.

Our masked resident is Dorothy Clarke, sitting in front of the much decorated windows -   i dont know what anyone would've thought looking in? - probably the best Halloween Party in Bulwell!

Final horribly scary shot of Recreation Manager -  Andrew Good and that heady Eric the pumpkin!

Posted on 04 Nov 2016
Activities Galore at Canal Vue - Ilkeston

Great fun as autumn activities 'kick off' at Canal Vue:

A little bit of Viva Espana, brought a festive atmosphere and some great Spanish dishes which staff are delighted to serve.... Special table settings add to the atmosphere ............. and possibly some Sangria to bring on the smiles.....most enjoyable.

Camera action Abby, there was a game involved but I think Abby was doing all the work and the gents were enjoying watching!

All decorated up for Paella Feast, no rows here about what is in the risotto!

'One must get ones nails done' for all these activities....a little pamper time doesnt go amiss with our lady residents and its a welcome treat.

Its good to take some 'time out' from all the activities and appreciate the surroundings at Canal Vue, as resident Joyce looks across the water to her 'home.'

It takes some preparation all this chopping for Spanish Cuisine, good fun though....!

All this taking place at the sometimes tranquil, Canal Vue, who would've thought that life could be so busy?.....& it will soon be pantomime time!

 

 

Posted on 19 Oct 2016

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