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Furry Friends and Fun with Flowers at Alexandra House

Variety is the Spice of Life. Activities to entertain and enjoy, at Eastgate's Eastwood Care Home;

This lady resident enjoys to see dog training in action, as rescue dog Gizmo seeks his reward.

Volunteer, Gemma from Therapy Dogs, brings Gizmo along  for the residents to interact with.

Its great for the residents to be able to pet and remind  themselves of the different personalities of the animals they may've had as pets.

Flower arranging is a great occupation and a treat for the ladies at Alexandra House, as Sainsbury's treated them with a fabulous array of flowers to get to grips with. The ladies take it all onboard and show their experience and come up with some great creations to adorn the rooms at Alex.

How lovely is a white rose, and why not take time to admire its beauty and decide where to place it?

This arrangement is going well and bringing joy to our arranger here. This all requires concentration and then a great outcome at the end.

Well done Sainsburys gifting us the flowers and our flower arrangers with their creations.

     

 

 Therapy Dogs Nationwide visit us every Monday at Alexandra House and all the residents love to have Gizmo visit. 

 

Posted on 27 Oct 2017
Goose Fayre comes to Park House at Bulwell

All the fun of the Fayre came to Park House residents when activities coordinator Karen Law decided that we could have our own version;

A great array of Goose fayre snacks were prepared, cook and Karen did a great job, bringing the food fayre to residents at Park House.

Joyce especially enjoyed the candy floss .......

Karen shows that she is a dab hand with the treacle topping .....

Meanwhile Edith looks content with her cuppa;

Assistant Manager, Caroline Downing can afford the occasional tasting,

Ed cant decide what to have next, as he has a selection of nibbles to choose from;

 

While Dennis gets 'stuck in' to a fritter of some description....

Now to get the games going after all that food, starting off with a visiting little girl doing hook a duck. Games certainly bought the fun of the fayre to Park House and visitors and residents enjoyed the challenge of the traditional activities, as well as the food!

Katie shows what a good sport she is, sitting in for  - all in a days work for Katie the carer! Staff do enjoy joining in and making it fun for the residents.

This was a great days activity as Karen proved the residents wouldn' miss out on Goose Fayre, an important annual event for many of them over the years in Nottingham.

 

Posted on 25 Oct 2017
Sandwich Making takes on a new Angle at Canal Vue

This great new activity engaged the residents at Canal Vue, as they prepare their packed lunch for an outing;

We can see that this activity is really a good one to engage residents, as seen from the following pictures. This resident shows her dexterity and the concentration required for this task.

Evidence that the outcome is good and sandwiches made by yourself are enjoyable and satisfying....

Activities Coordinator Louise Chadwick said,

'The residents loved making their own sandwiches, they were completely absorbed by the task and liked getting involved. it is amazing how something which we take for granted can become an enjoyable activity.' 

It requires estimating and accuracy and great care is taken to complete the job.

The jam controller comes into her own here ....

........The finished product is good too ........

We never did find out where they went on their outing, it was all about  'packing lunch'!

Canal Vue -  a place called home to our residents, where they can get involved in a variety of activities daily, from sandwich making to skittles, or just sitting and enjoying the lovely views...

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Posted on 19 Oct 2017
Praise indeed for the Belle Vue Team at Mapperley

Its great to receive heartfelt thanks from the relatives of our residents and important that staff get the accolades that they deserve, so we are sharing this thank you card with you;

 

Well done to all the Belle Vue staff - lovely words from Rose and Maurice too.

 

Posted on 18 Oct 2017
Marie Curie Fund Raiser for Friday afternoon Fun, at Canal Vue, Ilkeston

Resident Diana Boyles, looking happy at the cake fund raising event, in good hands with Carer Kevin Lea and daughter Diane.

Flag waving always goes down well as residents take the air on the canal side patio.

Someones pinched a slice of cake here, nevertheless funds were accumulated for Marie Curie.  

Coordinator Louise arranged a good event and our thanks go to all the cooks contributing with some excellent baking.

Resident Michael in his favourite chair, with its view of the Erewash canal. He enjoyed the entertainment when singer Katie raised spirts with her lovely voice.

Another worthwhile event took place recently for Alzeimers, when Coordinator Louise Chadwick helped her colleague Kerry Anne, from Canal Vue, complete a Marathon. - WELL DONE - both.

Posted on 06 Oct 2017
Enhanced Training to Assist with Nutrition at Eastgate Care Homes

Eastgate's Induction Training at the White Swan recently involved learning about Dysphagia; difficulty or discomfort in swallowing,

Lisa Nicholson, from medical company Nutricia visited to share her knowledge with our employees about nutrition and liquid intake and ways in which carers can help. 

Interactive exercises exemplified some of the difficulties that individuals with dysphagia may experience and how this can lead to dehydration.

'Some people with dysphagia  have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can't swallow at all.'

Lisa, who qualified as a nurse has first hand involvement in dealing with this and effectively explained some of the hazards and things we can do to help. She explained how the Nutricia range of products can be beneficial at different stages of dysphagia.

One new recruit noted,

'We all benefitted from the insightful delivery from Lisa and can see the benefits residents may be able to obtain from the fluids and nutritional supplements'

 

 

 

Posted on 05 Oct 2017
Page 3 girl at 103 - Eleanor at Alexandra House, Eastwood Advertiser

We are pleased to announce our oldest resident Eleanor, makes the headlines and page 3 also..

 

Posted on 04 Oct 2017
New Nurse Oana, makes her mark at Park House

Pictured nurse Oana Ecaterina Mosor receiving thank you flowers from relative Carole Bevan, who said what a lovely caring nature she had.

Oana is from Romania and has been working at Park House for just over 2 months, we are pleased to have her as part of our caring team.

Carole wanted to show her gratitude to staff at Park House and especially to nurse Oana for keeping her updated regularly about  her mum, Joyce who recently passed away.

Pictured below during happy times at the summer Fayre, Head of care, Kirsty Greet and Activities Coordinator, Karen Law. 

 

Park House is home to 70 residents in Bulwell, Nottingham, offering a range of care and with knowledge of end of life care and a separate dementia unit. 

Posted on 02 Oct 2017
Oldest Resident Celebrates 103 At Alexandra House

Eleanor Rout reached the grand age of 103 and celebrated with friends and family at Alex. House in Eastwood;

 

Eleanor has shared several big birthdays with us, but we had a great gathering this time with we think our oldest resident ever! Eleanor's family came with sherry, cakes and refreshments and a fabulous time was had by all.

 

This meant party entertainment, we had a pianist called Jane come in and play some nice classical pieces, followed by some sing a long with on mother Kelly's doorstep and some good songs such from the sound of music.

Fabulous flowers, poster and cards.

Eleanor's daughter said 'how wonderful she is for her age and praised all the staff for all the hard work they do. She said her mum loves being at Alex house' 

Eleanor last year joining in with our activities.

........and we all know Eleanor to be a true character with some vivid stories of her working life in service! Eleanor received lots of flowers and chocolate from friends and relatives and said how much she had enjoyed her day.

Alexandra House, a place called home for our residents, with daily fun, warmth and caring.

 

 

 

Posted on 27 Sep 2017
Bulwell Market Outing for Park House Residents

Activities Coordinator Karen Law and Carers from Park House, decide that a visit to Bulwell Central is a good way to enjoy the autumn colours;

...............& they could be right, as residents enjoy the scenery around the river Lean and feed the ducks, before going on to the market.

Pauline and Ethel like to do a bit of 'looking around' in town at the market

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The girls have worked up a thirst..........and get refreshed in Weatherspoons, Dorothy with daughter Carol, & Pauline.

These girls too; Stacey, her Mum and resident Ethel, sociably participating in the pub scene.

Head of Residential Care, Kirsty Greet has a laugh with resident Cliff.

Organiser Karen enters into the spirit of the outing as Ida clutches her hot chocolate......

 'Its good to get our residents out into the local community, they can see whats happening and they can feel part of Bulwell, where many of them grew up. We are so close to town that we can make the most of it'  said the Care Home Manager at Park House

Park House is a place called home for the 70 Residents in Bulwell

 

Posted on 22 Sep 2017

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