Category: Christmas Celebrations

Happy New Year Message

Happy New Year Message

We hope that you have enjoyed your Christmas celebrations, meeting up with family and friends, finished the turkey, unwrapped all the presents and for many seeking out bargains in the sales.

The next event is New Year.  Most people like to see in the New Year, either at a party with friends or watching the fireworks on television as each time zone from Sydney to London welcomes in the New Year.  It is also a time when we reflect on the past and perhaps make resolutions for the year ahead.  It’s best not to make too many but it’s good to try to keep them, especially if they relate to your health.

So, from all at Peninsula Care homes we wish you a very Happy New Year 2017.

Merry Christmas Message

Merry Christmas Message

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.  Christmas for many is a magical time.  Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family feasts are just some of the enduring traditions that make the season one of the world’s favourite holidays.  It’s a time to reflect on happy memories of family gatherings, and festive cheer.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our staff for their continued dedication to providing excellent care and ensuring our homes run well.  All of them will be juggling their own celebrations with their work and we thank them for this.

Whilst Christmas for most is a magical time it is also a time to reflect on life as it was, perhaps remembering those that are no longer with us or families that we cannot visit due to distance or other circumstances.  It is a time to think about those less fortunate than ourselves.

All of us at Peninsula Care Homes would like to wish our residents, their families and our staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Christmas Time at Parkland House

Christmas Time at Parkland House

When asked to write a blog, the staff at Parkland House surprised us with a touching poem, providing an insight into a day in the life of a Peninsula Care Homes Care Assistant.

Thank you to the caring staff who spent the time putting this together for us to share at Christmas time.

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Our top 10 Christmas present ideas

Our top 10 Christmas present ideas

We have asked each home to tell us the top ten presents they would suggest for residents this Christmas. They were actually nearly all the same so here they are in no particular order:

1. Nightwear including bed jacket

2. Slippers and/or shoes

3. Sweets and/or chocolate

4. Jumper or cardigan

5. Toiletries

6. Favourite tipple

7. Photoframe

8. Calendar (don’t forget Plymbridge are selling them for £10)

9. Plant – amaryllis are popular

10. Hairdresser voucher

Our last request is please do buy clothes that are suitable for tumble dryers and of course don’t forget to label them please. Happy Christmas shopping!

The power of music and a possible Christmas gift suggestion

The power of music and a possible Christmas gift suggestion

Music has been shown in studies to have a dramatic effect in helping those living with dementia. Whether it’s classical, opera, songs from shows or ‘60s music can sooth, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories.

The power of music, in particular singing seems to reach parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.  Studies by Professor Paul Robertson says as the ‘auditory system of the brain is first to fully function at 16 weeks, which means you are musically receptive long before anything else.  The study argues that it’s a case of first in, last out when it comes to dementia-type breakdown of memory.’

Go into any of our homes and you will often hear music being played, residents singing, musical instruments being played and a huge variety of musical entertainers visiting.  We like entertainers that engage – you may find residents & staff dancing to music being played, or singing, whistling, clapping or just tapping their feet.  We are constantly changing our entertainers although some homes continue to have firm favourites. We do ask that our entertainers provide a broad repertoire so there is something for everyone.

A very moving clip is Gladys Wilson with Naomi Fells which we believe clearly demonstrates the power of music.  It really is worth watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrZXz10FcVM

Looking for a Christmas present idea then what about using an ipod and creating a bespoke playlist.  Think about the songs that you heard playing when growing up, perhaps include the song your relative had as their first dance at their wedding, music from a show they love, a hymn, lullaby the possibilities are endless.  If you want suggestions on what to include then we suggest reading the Playlist for Life “How to make a playlist for life.”  Alternatively you could fill an ipod with a range of music including wartime memories, Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller, 50’s rock & roll, Elvis, Beatles, Elton John, classical music as possibilities.

Ian Donaghy, author of ‘Dear Dementia’ says “the power of music – it creates togetherness, a sense of belonging.  Some songs make you laugh others make you cry but they can all remind us who we are.”

We hope to hear some favourite playlists soon