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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
National Dignity Action Day - Eastgate Link In

Eastgate Care rises to the Challenge as Dignity Champions are appointed across the group.

To coincide with the National Dignity Day, the Eastgate Dignity Strategy was launched in recognition of its importance as part of daily life for the residents. Offering dignity to residents has always been part of our pathos, but making it a priority gives it a new emphasis for us all.

It is our aim, to support each manager in implementing an initiative that is specific to the individual home. Each home will also register staff members as Dignity Champions who will support the home to promote dignity in care. 

 

 

 

Each home will aim to have a Dignity in Care board  and also a “dignity tree” which is centred around the views, likes, preferences, thoughts and feelings of the residents who live in each home. The Dignity Board will have on display the 10 Point Dignity Challenge poster.

'We want to make a difference to the lives of the people we care for and what better way than to hold our very own Eastgate Dignity in Action Plan'  said Operations Director, Sharon Di Maio.

Posted on 01 Feb 2016
Alexandra House - Excellent for the Environment!

*****

Gold Stars for Alexandra House

We are pleased to let you know that the Environmental Health Inspection maintained the Alexandra House five star rating.

Five Stars for tea time too, whern you can always rely on a good cuppa and home cooked cakes.

Not only are we good for the environment, we are also good for our residents. (Below) Some of the staff responsible for the friendly caring and healthy environment at 'Alex'

 

 

 What relatives really think of us.......

 ''The staff are extremely caring, hard working and cheerful. Alexandra House staff provide a clean "homely" comfortable environment for their residents. Many of the staff have worked there for many years thus providing a continuity of care which can only come from experience and an intimate knowledge of the individual residents. If I needed care I would choose to go there.''

 

Posted on 20 Jan 2016
Melbourne House Acheive Marvellous Results

 

 

“ We are very pleased and proud to achieve an overall rating of Good at Melbourne House following the recent CQC inspection. Melbourne House achieved a good rating for all five domains as a result of hard work, commitment and dedication from the staff team. It has been quite a journey over the last six months to implement new systems and to change practices across all our Eastgate Care Homes, these changes have been actively embraced by our staff teams and this is reflected in our most recent Melbourne House CQC report.

Well done and congratulations to our Melbourne House team.”

 

 

Residents enjoying activities at Melbourne House - pictured above

The Melbourne House team, working hard to meet targets and provide quality living for the residents.

Posted on 31 Dec 2015

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