January is National Hobby Month. Perhaps the New Year Resolution is to try a new hobby or focus on the hobbies you enjoy.
Hobbies are great as they can relieve stress, challenge your brain, be social, good or bad for your health.
Within our homes we have residents interested in so many different things. We try to cater for as many hobbies as possible. We have exercise based: Tai-Chi, armchair aerobics, gardening (vegetable allotment, flower arranging), music (playing instruments, outside entertainers, dancing and singing. Lets not forget interest in animals, falconry, cooking, iPad clubs and knitting.
Which new hobbies are you going to set yourself this month?
Our homes are focusing on linking with their local communities including links with nursery’s and local schools. Perhaps one of your New Year goals is to take part in some volunteering, if so we would like to hear from you. We have numerous activities you can get involved in throughout the month. Email email@example.com or call 01392 346442 for more information.
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. We hope that your resolution is to make a wish and then make it happen.
So, from all at Peninsula Care homes we wish you a very Happy New Year.
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 outstanding 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.
As 2017 draws to a close it’s a great time to stop and reflect on the year. Our homes have been busy through the year providing exceptional care and creating magical moments.
Our dedicated staff have joined residents and families in a number of fundraising events. These have included the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk, Macmillan Coffee Morning, Moretonhampstead Carnival, Rowcrofts Colour Run and Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day.
Our social calendars have been filled with awareness celebrations including National Curry Week, Knitting Week, National Care Home Open Day, Denbury Flower & Produce Show and Plymouth in Bloom.
Our staff have continued their professional development with courses including fire awareness, first aid, end of life, pain management, Parkinson’s, wound care, safeguarding, food hygiene, care and diabetes. Many staff experienced The Virtual Dementia Tour: an eye opening experience which is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest experience that we can give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like.
Reflecting on the year brings back so many fond memories of individuals, parties and events. We can’t possibly mention them all but hope you’ll find the time to reflect on 2017.
We look forward to 2018
Are you interested in a career in care or looking to progress? We would like to hear from you! We have some exciting new job opportunities which may interest you.
Our Mission is:
- To provide the best care for our residents
- To invest in our staff and enable them to reach their career aspirations
- To grow as a business ensuring quality is always upheld
Values – Are you Committed:
- Love what we do and why we do it
- and full of energy
- To celebrate success and make life enjoyable and fun for all
Do you have Ambition:
- Seek new ideas and other points of views and adapt where suitable
- To invest in our staff and encourage lifelong learning
- To be part of the communities in which we live
Can you be Responsible:
- Be genuine and true to self
- Take ownership and always be responsible
Let’s embrace and…
- Treat all people with respect and kindness
- Provide a home from home environment filled with laughter and love
- Recognise each individual, their wishes, preferences and ensure their life is still their choice
We have some exciting job opportunities available across our Devon Homes, in Paignton, Denbury (Nr Newton Abbot), Moretonhampstead and Plympton. We are looking to recruit Senior & Care Assistants, Domestic & Kitchen Assistants, Mealtime Assistants and a Registered Manager to join our multi-disciplinary team and share our passion for putting the needs and well-being of our residents first by providing exceptional personalised care.
Flexible shifts to suit you. Training & qualifications for all staff.
Experience is not essential, we welcome those wishing to begin a career in care and help you become qualified.
Once enrolled with us, you will begin a 12 week induction which forms the care certificate. Once completed you will receive a certificate of completion.
Above National Living Wage salary. Flexible Shifts to suit everyone. Any offer of employment is subject to a current DBS and two references.
If you are interested in applying please call 01392 346442 for more details of the opportunities available. Or visit our Indeed Career Page and apply here https://www.indeedjobs.com/peninsula-care-homes/_hl/en_GB
We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
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.
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.
On your marks, get set, baaake!
It’s that time of year again and everyone’s favourite excuse to get baking.
Each year the Great British Bake Off series on TV is enjoyed by millions and continues to be one of the nations most talked about topic.
Last year’s Bake Off saw Candice Brown crowned as the winner. Only a short while after GBBO fans were shocked as the show announced its move to Channel 4. With this even further disappointment followed when Mary Berry announced she would not be returning for the series on Channel 4, along with most loved comedy duo Mel and Sue.
Parkland House have been testing their baking skills over the last few weeks, just in time to watch the beginning of the new Great British Bake Off series.
Residents have been reading through old recipe books and picking their favourite baking treats. Parkland’s activity coordinators helped to set up a baking factory in the new lounge so everyone could have a go at making some delicious fairy cupcakes.
It was a very busy afternoon, greatly enjoyed by all and finished with a lovely spread of cupcakes, teas and coffees.
Whilst we may not be having a bake off between the Homes each home over the series will be using the Great British Bake Off as an excuse to try new cakes or enjoy their current favourites. Why not dig out some old recipes books at home or ask relatives for their recipe recommendations and give them a try?
Peninsula Care Homes are members of the Devon Care Kite Mark and will be attending its Thanksgiving Jamboree on Thursday 23rd November. All attendees are invited to bring a cake, this year the entrants must be fit for Thanksgiving. All entries are judged on presentation and then donated to St. Petrock’s, a charity in Exeter for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
Coppelia residents are looking forward to enjoying Moretonhampstead Carnival Week. The residents love watching all the different entries to the parade on Carnival Day on Thursday 24th August.
Moretonhampstead Carnival has been running for around 90 years, stopping only during the war years. The funds raised used to go to local hospitals until the hospitals were taken over by the Health Service. Since then money raised is used to support local organisations.
The carnival remains a really popular event with activities leading up to the grand procession. This years theme will be Rock n Roll and Coppelia House residents have called their entry “You are never too old to have fun! Let’s take you back to 1951”.
Ladies will be dressed as teddy girls in skirts & scarves which they have helped to make or chosen their own clothes. Gentlemen will be dressed as teddy boys and have picked bright colours for the trim on their jackets, with bolo ties which residents helped to make.
Ladies have also made mock milkshakes to hold as well as cheerleader style ‘pom poms’. Finishing touches will include inflatable guitars and a jukebox.
Some staff will also be dressed in the 1950’s theme to make for a very colourful entry.
Coppelia residents will be an official entry on the programme with the procession starting at 6.30 pm. On August 23rd they will be a dress rehearsal for the outside entertainer at 2pm with his Rock n Roll special.
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!