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Residents Active at Wi FIT - Alex House


Not All Teenagers are Scary!


Young sports volunteers in Eastwood (Notts) donated their time and enthusiasm to introduce new technology to older members of the community at Alexandra House Care Home. The group proved that they are far from the scary teenagers that we read about and showed that they can assist individuals with less mobility to enjoy sport, by showing how to use and interact with a range of games on the Wii fit.

The six Broxtowe volunteers shared their enthusiasm for sport and their appreciation of how sport can provide a stimulus, not only for movement but for social interaction and fun!

The students are all studying some element of sport in addition to their voluntary work. The group leader Julie Cole said ‘We had an amazing and rewarding time at Alexandra House, the teenagers were able to effectively explain how to play the games and they communicated well, we all look forward to revisiting in the Spring’

Pictured - Aida deep in concentration, helped by Sports Volunteer


The Alexandra House residents learnt how to play skittles and  bowls on the Wii Fit, which has been donated to the Care Home  by Broxtowe Sport Volunteers.The sports, many of them had not been able to participate in for a long time, encouraged movement, competition and laughter.

The activity sessions now occur on weekly basis and bowls is a resounding success with the residents, Aida and Sandria are the top ‘gamers’.  They are about to learn the Countdown game and it is all very exciting for people who had never used computer equipment before.

Activities Co-ordinator Lorraine is amazed at how popular and stimulating these games are and how it has helped some of the quieter residents become more active in group situations. We are all ‘pleased that the Broxtowe Sports Volunteers visited us and it was great to see the young people mixing with our residents’

Pictured - Aida deep in concentration, helped by Sports Volunteer


Posted on 16 Mar 2011
Mrs Santa visits Alex House Residents


Mrs Santa (Lorraine) performs her special role and helps distribute the pressies.

Residents enjoy the festivities and Carer Gillian Craven assists Santa with his heavy load and Trevor gets a hug from Mrs Santa!




Posted on 04 Jan 2011
Newsletter - Best Wishes & Happiness for 2011

To see the latest news from all the Care Homes, Click on News above and then Christmas 2010 Newsletter, to see all Developments, Staff and Residents News and Adult Services.

Best Wishes for the Festive Season

Posted on 16 Dec 2010
Scarey Time enjoyed by Alexandra House Residents

Events took a funny turn when staff at Alex combined the horrors of Halloween with the sparkles of fireworks and the festivity of food.
Relatives, friends and Staff  together with  residents enjoyed party food games and Costume competitions. Some great fund raising took place with the Tombola stall, netting £140 for the residents fund.
The  residents enjoyed dressing up and taking part in the whole event.
Hayley really is the star of the show with this super Pumpkin cake and a  fabulous smile to accompany it.
‘Friends and family were invited and all from age 9-90 plus joined in. With Apple Bobbing and a childrens fancy dress  too it was a hectic fun schedule’ said Marie.

The Three Witches of Eastgate — Lorraine, Gill and Rose, staff at Alex House dress the part and entertain the residents with their costumes. ) Not to be outdone, Ivy Booth (resident)  put up strong competition, complete with black cat.


Posted on 19 Nov 2010
Greenhouse Sparks Residents Gardening Club at Alex House

A nearby local resident had the foresight to donate a small portable greenhouse and with the enthusiasm and inventiveness of Activities Coordinator Loraine Rose, the Gardening Club was set up earlier this year.   

Some Alex House residents already had an interest in gardening and were keen to have an outlet for their knowledge.

Ten residents participate in the group and between them they have managed to grow a whole range of vegetables; tomatoes, green beans, courgettes - many from seed.   Lettuces have already been enjoyed and the ‘home grown’ potatoes are nearly ready for the table. Colour is added with a variety of pot plants, tubs and hanging baskets with some plants being donated.

Care Home owner and MD Mr Day said ‘Our residents are benefitting from this activity and they are able to take part in a hobby which they truly enjoy, they can benefit from being outdoors and to be able to produce something is a real plus. We hope this project will continue for many years to come’.

The dedication of the Alex House Care workers enabled this venture to ‘get off the ground’ because in addition to Lorraine’s organising skills, further help was needed for daily watering and the loan of garden tools. Sheila Fletcher deserves a special mention, she has brought  special gardening knowledge and commitment to this project.

Donations of unwanted plants and garden tools can always find a Home at Alex House Gardening club!

Posted on 15 Jul 2010

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