In the warmer months our residents enjoy taking part in picnic lunches in the gardens. Our homes have various spots with benches and tables to provide the perfect picnic spot. And on occasion residents may enjoy a picnic on a trip out to the seaside.
Putting together a picnic is great fun and something we all love to do when the sun is shining. It is also a great opportunity for our residents to join in social interactions in what may have been considered a family and friends summer tradition.
Top tips for a picnic:
Be prepared: Fill up your picnic hamper with all the essentials and the extras. Don’t forget the cheese and crackers for light nibbles and plenty of plates!
Let’s entertain: As well as lots of lovely food and drinks to choose from, packing some books, games and perhaps a music player would be great for those looking to relax.
Cover up: As the perfect picnic weather appears, it is important not to forget to apply sun protectors, such as creams or sprays and be prepared for insect bites or high pollen counts. Pack items which may provide shade and covers for food.
Keep it clean: Enjoy a great picnic and always leave the area as you found it!
This week our homes will be joining in efforts to raise money for Children in Need. We thought we would take this opportunity to tell you about another charity we support helping children. For the last two years Peninsula Care Homes has paid for hotel accommodation for the children at Heathrow on their last night in the U.K., which has been greatly appreciated by the children, their group leader and the charity.
The Chernobyl disaster occurred on 26th April 1986 when the fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant near Belaurus exploded. It is thought it will take 400 years to rid the area of contamination.
Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline was established in 1992. Because of the charity some 60,000 children from Belarus have visited Britain. Whilst here they receive some basic medical attention including dental care and eye examination. The month break is thought to boost their damaged immune system and improve their quality of life.
Our local Totnes & South Hams link hosted 8 children last year. They arrived in Devon with no English, very little clothes for their month stay. In addition to medical treatment they got to enjoy Devon. Each year a range of fun activities are enjoyed which can include a ride on a Rib, tea party at the Winking Prawn in Salcombe, horse riding, surf lesson, first trip to the seaside and making sandcastles, visits to local attractions. They return home after their medical treatment, fun in Devon and a huge bag full of clothes for themselves and to share with their siblings.
If you think you could host two children or donate please visit www.ccll.org.uk
Jane & Robert Cornerways Activity Co-ordinator’s share some highlights in their latest guest blog.
September was a very busy month for Cornerways with a new rail carriage frieze in the dining room complete with new furniture, new flooring, lights and railway inspired pictures.
We had a ‘Colour Clash Day’ to raise money for the charity Rowcroft Hospice, raising a total £109.00. Staff, residents and residents families dressed up in vibrant vivid clashing colours. The residents decorated cakes with similar bright colours which were on sale to visitors and staff. Our chef Robin excelled himself with rainbow cakes and also helped raise money when a member of staff offered to pay to see him get a creamy cake in the face! Which we boldly agreed to.
We held our first ever ‘Cornerways Fashion Show’ with staff, residents, the hair dresser and relatives modelling their favourite outfits and hats. Relatives and staff enjoyed it so much they have asked for it to be an annual event.
Residents also enjoyed a ‘Cheese and Wine Party’ that went down a storm.
October is proving to be another busy month seeing residents enjoy a Chocolate Week tasting afternoon, Swinging 60’s Themed Day and Seafront walks to enjoy the autumn colours (fingers crossed weather permitting).
On Saturday 8th October some Peninsula Care Home staff will be joining thousands of people warming up for the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.
Starting in front of the War Memorial on Plymouth Hoe we will be walking just under 10km. Described as a more challenging walk we will lap the impressive Royal Citadel before heading along the South Coast path to Royal William Yard and returning inland along picturesque streets.
We will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society campaign ‘walk for a world without dementia’. £100 raised would pay for a person with dementia to enjoy ten “singing for the brain” sessions to boost their confidence. Alternatively £100 could pay for genetic tests for 16 people in a clinical trial.
We are looking forward to exploring Plymouth, walking as a team all whilst raising money for Alzheimer’s Society. If we could request good weather that would be a bonus.
Should you wish to donate please visit our fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/MW16Peninsulacareteam.