Coppelia House take a trip down memory lane

Coppelia House take a trip down memory lane

Our homes are taking part in a new reminiscence activity with Marks & Spencer’s “Marks in Time Memory Boxes.”   The boxes have been designed to be used as reminiscence therapy and include ‘What We Ate’, ‘Days & Nights Out’, ‘What We Wore’ and ‘Childhood’.

Each box has replica packages from the 1950s to the 1980s, photos and adverts of Marks & Spencer throughout the years.

Coppelia House were the first to try out a “Marks In Time” memory box and there was great excitement when their ‘What We Ate’ box arrived.  Residents smiled and laughed sharing memories of their favourite biscuit packaging and food stories. Even though the box has been returned memories are still be shared. Our other homes are looking forward to receiving their themed boxes and we look forward to hearing their feedback.

Peninsula Care Homes have also created their own themed memory boxes.  These are available to each home to share and currently including wedding celebrations, memories of babies, seaside and a gentleman’s box.

On Thursday 26th Oct 2017 Coppelia House hosted a wedding reminiscing activity inspired from the Wedding themed memory box. On display were two wedding dresses from staff, a display cake and bouquets. Staff and residents shared photos of their own wedding days.

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Residents also shared their fondest memories of their special day, leading up to it and the honeymoon. Discussions about styles, prices, licence venues were shared over a small sherry and some wonderful cakes made by Coppelia’s chef.

Later wedding themed poems included in the Peninsula wedding box were read out and the quiz was great fun. All in all a great activity and all the residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Oomph! Wellness

Oomph! Wellness

You may have seen in our Autumn newsletter that we are working in partnership with Oomph.  We are using their new mini bus to arrange monthly outings for Coppelia and Cornerways residents.  We will hopefully add other homes in due course.

On Monday 6th November six of Cornerway’s residents and two members of staff made the most of some autumn sunshine and went on an afternoon trip to Teignmouth.  They had a stroll along the seafront, taking in our surroundings and had a look at the war memorial.  After the stroll it was back on board the bus for a warming cup of tea and the picturesque return journey.

On 19th October residents from Coppelia visited the House of Marbles.  They were treated to hot drinks and yummy cakes after their tour of the House of Marbles.  Residents enjoyed admiring the countryside on their drive to and from Bovey Tracey.

Next outings planned will include visits to seaside towns and the residents favourite shopping/garden centers.

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#NationalSpaWeek

#NationalSpaWeek

If you’ve ever attended a spa or been for a beauty treatment you may agree that it has huge physical, mental and emotional benefits.

We often try to recreate the pampering within the homes. The various hairdressers across the group are always extremely busy cutting, colouring and setting hair.

The power of touch is shared during hand and foot massages. Hand massages may be followed bu a manicure, for so many having manicured, painted and well presented nails is vital.

So this National Spa Week we would like to encourage visiting family members to bring your favourite nail varnishes, make-up or massage oils and join in a fun pamper session.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Residents at Coppelia House have started to collect shoeboxes and items for their donation to Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child.

When making up a box you decide boy or girl and which age bracket you would like to support. This year I’ve prepared a box for a boy and a girl both in the 2-4 age bracket. You also pay £3.00 towards shipping each box.

Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches. Since 1990, 124 million children have received a Christmas shoe box in over 150 countries. We hope you’ll join us in helping children worldwide this Christmas.

https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/how-to-pack-a-shoebox/

If you’d like to donate some new items and shoeboxes, Coppelia are more than happy to receive donations. The local collection is November 4th, so please bring items in before then.

 

National Curry and Chocolate Week

National Curry and Chocolate Week

It’s a busy week for foodies with Chocolate Week and National Curry Week being celebrated.

Whether it’s a Thai curry, Japanese curry or Indian curry, fiery, hot or mild, many people enjoy a curry. The most popular takeaway is apparently Indian with two thirds of meals out being Indian.

Parkland House have recently celebrated and India themed day with a special themed lunch, including a glorious chicken curry with rice followed by coconut ice made by the residents.

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Chocolate week has certainly captured everyone’s attention within the homes. You are sure to find some chocolate inspired treats on the menus this week.

If you are visiting the homes, feel free to bring some chocolates for residents to enjoy.

Happy Curry week and National Chocolate Week everyone.

#NationalCakeWeek 2017

#NationalCakeWeek 2017

Peninsula Care Homes love a good excuse to make and eat cake so we were delighted to learn that this week is National Cake Week.  Our resident bakers will be decorating cakes to serve with tea and our chefs will also be serving delicious cakes daily.

Plymbridge residents were delighted to win the Plymouth City Council special cake for the event Celebrating Excellence in Care, which took place on Saturday evening.

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We envisage conversations on what makes the perfect cake, how do you make your sponge light and fluffy and of course appreciation for a good cup of tea and slice of cake.

Maybe the cake celebrations and Great British Bake off will inspire you to join the clandestine cake club or just join us making, decorating and eating delicious homemade cakes.

And finally, we would like to leave you with a little light and fluffy humour!

A man walks into a bakery with a salmon under his arm and says “do you have fish cakes?” The chap behind the counter replies, “No”. “That’s a pity, it’s his birthday”.

or,

What’s yellow and swings from cake to cake? Tarzipan.

even,

My Christmas cake has recently gone missing. I’ve reported it stollen

and finally…

I was in a cake shop the other day, they were all £5 apart from one that was £10. I asked why it was so expensive, the shop owner said “that’s maderia cake”.

#NationalPoetryDay

#NationalPoetryDay

This year National Poetry Day falls on Thursday 28th September 2017 and the theme is ‘Freedom’. It was founded in 1994 by charity Forward Arts Foundation, who like to celebrate the importance and excellence of things poetry.

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that is set to inspire as many people in the UK as possible and grow their audience. The day is supported by organisations such as the BBC, the Royal Mail and leading publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.

You can get involved by visiting their website https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/about-npd/ or by joining in the campaign on social media using the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay to share how you will be celebrating the day. Don’t forget to tag us @PeninsulaCare1 (Twitter) or @PeninsulaCareHome (Facebook) as we would love to share your love of poetry.

We would love to take this opportunity to share with you some of our budding writers, The Parkland Poets, who have produced three truly inspirational poems based on their experience and training with Dementia. You can find their videos on our Peninsula Care Home You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCakJ-IEXqQ2yAF1lrT5GU2Q

Happy National Poetry Day for tomorrow!

What music would be on your favourite playlist?

What music would be on your favourite playlist?

Have you ever had the experience of hearing a piece of music on the radio and been transported back to a time, place or event in our lives?  Perhaps it was your first dance at your wedding, a concert you attended or a track from your favourite musical.  Music is so powerful for so many of us and more and more research is highlighting the additional benefit for those living with a dementia.

The power of music, seems to reach parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot. Some studies are showing that finding the right music for an individual may result in less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication. Individually chosen music can aid therapeutic benefits of other music provided by our homes.

Our appeal is that families help create a personalised playlist for their relative in our care.  You may not know all their favourite music but you probably know more than you think.  I can think back to my grandmother’s house and I probably would have found a number of clues to help me select music: sheet music, programmes from musicals, memory of her singing as she baked cakes, and the theme tune to her favourite TV programme to name a few.

We would love for our residents to have a playlist of music that means the most to them.  It could be on an iPod, tablet or other device and staff would gladly play the music and hear the stories it uncovers. The music might soothe, calm, comfort, or even provide an opportunity to get up and dance.

Alzheimer’s Society Blog: Gina Awad Dementia Friendly Awards 2017: Last year’s winner, one year on

Alzheimer’s Society Blog: Gina Awad Dementia Friendly Awards 2017: Last year’s winner, one year on

Last year saw founder of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, Gina Awad, win her award for Dementia Friends Champion of the Year 2016.  Several of our homes are members of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and we work closely with Gina to help raise awareness of building a more dementia friendly community in Exeter. The Alzheimer’s Society reflect on last years winners as 2017 nomination open.

With nominations for 2017’s Dementia Friendly Awards now open, one of last year’s winners Gina Awad explains how work continues in her local community.

Since winning the award for Dementia Friends Champion of the Year in 2016, I have continued to raise awareness across Exeter.

In this busy, vibrant city a transformation in the perception of dementia is beginning to take shape. It’s inspiring to see this vision of a dementia friendly community embraced with open arms, but there is still much more to do. As we know change is tough, but being open to change is a key starting point.

Building the movement

I am certainly not superwoman and at times I’ve genuinely struggled juggling work, being a mum, following my passion in dementia and working towards the completion of my BSc in Health & Social Care through the Open University.

But I’m proud to continue delivering regular Dementia Friends sessions, which have now reached more than 1,300 people. These sessions have ranged in diversity from GP practices to supermarkets, coffee shops and yoga festivals. I even led a session in Beijing airport when I trekked the Great Wall of China for dementia research!

I also continue to present my quarterly community radio show on Phonic FM, ‘Living better with dementia’. The show gives a platform for people living with dementia to share personal stories and experiences, as well as giving innovators the space to share new and existing initiatives.

Empowering the community

What I’ve discovered more recently is the power of collaboration and partnership and how it moves mountains. We have a lot to learn from eachother, and by sharing fresh perspectives and ideas we can achieve so much more.

I have delivered more than 90 individual Dementia Friends sessions to date. What’s even more important, though, is developing a collaborative approach with local businesses and organisations to further the reach of this evolving community work.

The Dementia Friends social action movement has been pivotal in bringing local organisations into the fold. To date the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance has received commitment from 58 organisations – a tremendous achievement that I feel very proud to have played a part in.

Learning never stops

Even at this stage in my journey, there is always more to learn. So it has been heartening to receive support from the community as I chose to further my education in dementia following my degree.

With trepidation, I took the plunge to crowdfund an online Post Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies with Stirling University. Last week I achieved my funding target thanks to the generosity of those who have supported my voluntary work. What can I say… I don’t have words!

I am not unique as a Dementia Friends Champion. There are so many fantastic individuals across the country making tremendous differences daily and I salute you all.

For anyone who wants to join the movement, all I’d say is that Dementia Friends has changed my life. Being honoured for my work is a welcome bonus and for that I am truly thankful.

Blog posted here: https://blog.alzheimers.org.uk/inside-the-society/dementia-friendly-awards-winner/

Memory Walk 2017 Exeter

Memory Walk 2017 Exeter

On Sunday 3rd September some Peninsula Care Homes staff joined hundreds of people walking for the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.

Starting in Exwick playing fields near the canal we walked just under 5 miles taking in some of the canal views and wildlife. It was an extremely damp day with pouring rain but didn’t prevent us and many others walking for Alzheimer’s Society.

Should you wish to donate please visit our fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MW41275x

Our next walk/run is supporting the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. The Muddiford’s Cheese Run is on October 8th and includes a 5 mile scenic run/walk from Burlescombe Village along The Grand Western Canal finishing at Muddiford’s Court Country House. After the finishing line we can enjoy the fun day.

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