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.
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:
- Technology as suitable (Echo Dot, tablet)
- Slippers and/or shoes
- Sweets and/or chocolate
- Jumper or cardigan
- Create resident own playlist of favourite music
- Favourite tipple
- Plant – amaryllis are popular
- Hairdresser or pampering 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!
Our Homes all like to pay their respects on Remembrance Day, honouring all those that fought for our country.
Each Home created their own display within the Home or garden. Coppelia House wanted to link their remembrance to their local community Moretonhampstead.
Resident Robert Beer who served in the RAF, went to the local memorial ceremony and laid a wreath on behalf of Coppelia residents and staff.
Within Coppelia’s garden, poppies were made by the residents, each poppy recorded the names of those lost from Moretonhampstead. Residents also made purple poppy’s to pay tribute to the many animals lost in war.
Within the Home residents’ created a display to greet visitors. They also made poppy plaques for their front doors and decorated the dining room.
Residents watched the remembrance service which was especially poignant on the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War.
If you have visited any of our homes in the lately you would be under the impression that we LOVE baking!
After a successful trial runs, our Activity Coordinators are now running fortnightly cooking clubs for residents to take part in baking some traditional cakes, biscuits, sweets and desserts.
The cooking clubs are very popular and a firm favourite among residents and visitors. One family member mentioned she loves to visit during the cooking club to make cakes with her mum as she used to quite often and that it has been great for involving family members.
The smell of freshly baked treats brings back so many wonderful memories, but of course it is all about the bake. Reports are good and so far no bake off disasters!
We see and hear how much joy baking brings our residents and we look forward to sharing more of their bakes with you.
PCH Marketing & Admin Coordinator, Nikita Morgan on Libraries Week 2018
Do we make the most out of our library services?
Something I was questioned about at a recent Literacy meeting at my daughter’s school to help develop her reading and writing skills. It got me thinking do we really make the most of visiting our local libraries and using the resources available to all of us? And how can I help bring the library experience to our homes?
As part of learning from a young age, we are encouraged to read and be read to as much as possible and as it has been regularly publicized, continuing to read books boosts our mental well-being.
As we focus on Libraries Week we are also helping raise awareness of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th October. As part of everyday care in our homes, our staff make a huge effort to initiate positive thinking from residents. Sometimes by simply starting a conversation & giving positive comments or feedback. Some staff will pick up a book or newspaper to read with a resident so they can still enjoy the experience.
Books have always been a part of our lives and routines at home and often provide an escape from the stresses of every day life. Many or our residents enjoy their weekly or monthly subscriptions to their favourite newspaper or magazines. Our homes will always have a selection of novels to read in the lounges which are available to everyone. It is great to see them sharing the news or story with others and members of staff, it goes to show it is a great form of communication and social interaction.
Some of our homes are lucky to be in areas close to a local library and have in the past had the library visit the home. As part of Libraries Week, we are working with our activity staff to arrange visits with residents to their local libraries and include a coffee stop at the library café if available. Visiting a library would have been a weekly occurrence for some of our residents and we would like to help re-create this for them.
We are always happy to hear from volunteers who perhaps would like to spend some time reading with residents, please do get in touch. If you have any books you would like to donate, do let us know, they will always be greatly appreciated in the homes.
Happy Libraries Week and happy World Mental Health Day!
This year National Poetry Day falls on Thursday 4th October 2018 and the theme is ‘Change’. 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!
This week we are celebrating National Allotment Week a week early as everyone is out enjoying the warmer weather.
Our homes have their own allotments on site which residents enjoy looking after. As we know most of our residents are keen gardeners and several owned their own allotment.
According to the Kings Fund “increasing people’s use of green spaces has been linked to long-term reductions in health problems as well as higher physical activity and increased self-rated mental health.” It seems appropriate to be sharing the statement from The Kings Fund during #NationalAllotmentWeek.
They have grown a variety of produce including potatoes, beans, courgettes, marrow, beautiful sweet peas and much more in the making. Once collected, the residents prepare the produce to be used in the kitchen for meals.
If you fancy helping our homes create more allotments or give a helping hand in tending to the gardens, then we would love to hear from you.
Amongst our staff and residents we have a number of individuals living with diabetes. These include those that are newly diagnosed as well as some who have lived with the condition for years. This year’s focus of Diabetes Week is sharing top tips and encouraging more conversation regarding diabetes.
Diabetes UK website states that someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. With that in mind we thought we would share some information from their website which we found useful.
Knowing the facts, rather than relying on out of date or incorrect information.
Myth 1: People with diabetes cannot have sugar. Having diabetes does not mean you have to have a sugar-free diet. However those with diabetes should follow a healthy balanced diet that is low in salt and sugar.
Myth 2: People with diabetes should eat ‘diabetic foods’. Diabetic UK does not recommend individuals eat ‘diabetic’ foods, because they still affect your blood glucose levels and for some can give you diarrhoea.
We also believe their link to the “Evidence-based nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of Diabetes for adults” is a useful resource. The guidelines was to draw to together and formulate recommendations from all available evidence highlighting the importance of foods, rather than focusing on individual nutrients, wherever possible.
The guidelines recommend
- An individualised approach to diet taking into consideration the person’s personal and cultural preferences
- People eat more of certain foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, fish, nuts and pulses
- People eat less red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates and sugar sweetened beverages.
Lastly with 12.3 million people in the UK currently at serious risk of developing Type 2 diabetes then it is worth visiting the Diabetes UK website for suggestions to prevent type 2. These include maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, and being active. They even have a risk tool test to “Know your risk” which you can complete in less than 3 minutes. Many of our staff have recently attended Well Being training which included information on diabetes.
If you have any top tips then please share them with us and on diabetes UK website https://www.diabetes.org.uk/ #TalkAboutDiabetes #DiabetesWeek
The beginning of May marks the start of the Living Streets National Walking Month campaign to get the country active and walking every day.
As you may well know walking as an exercise has many benefits both physically and mentally. It can help manage your weight, reduce anxiety and stress, build strength, reduce congestion on the roads and help maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Our residents enjoy daily walks around the gardens or trips out to their local communities and days out with the Freedom Wheels and Oomph Wellness bus. Wherever and whenever possible our carers encourage our residents to enjoy a walk big or small. This helps in so many ways but most importantly it helps in keeping active and who doesn’t enjoy a nice stroll to either meet your neighbours or enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
Join the online conversation using #walkthisway and discover fun and easy ways to enjoy new walking journeys. We have also included a few helpful links below to get started.
It is National Gardening Week 30th April – 6th May a time to encourage gardeners to share their love of gardening.
National Gardening Week was launched seven years ago by Royal Horticultural Society and aims to become the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.
Our blog today is written by Mark, our Plymbridge House gardener.
“It is here again”, time to start planning and getting all our residents idea`s, every year the residents partake in the garden as much as possible, especially with the 100 baskets which are put around the home’s gardens for everyone to enjoy.
I go and talk to the residents and ask them to choose what colours and style they would like in their basket, I try to match their ideas, it has worked every year and with the residents input we have won 5 Plymouth in Bloom Gold Medals. The Sensory Garden this year will have more attention to give maximum effect to create that area of the garden where you can go to smell, touch and reflect on the times past in a relaxed environment.
As the warmer weather approaches it also gives a chance to take residents out and about the grounds to see the beauty of every plant that has managed to overcome the horrid winter weather we have had. The Hostas are now just peeping through, the delicate leaves of the Acers are about to unfold, the bright new growth of the Evergreens, Reds, Yellows and the Pale Greens all remind us to get busy, Spring is here. Just about to be brightened up, are the shaded areas, there are lovely blues of the Bluebells, the yellows of the Celandines and numerous other pretty colours of the Primulas.
It is the time to become very busy and create the WOW factor once again for all to enjoy. To design and plant for this year`s Plymouth in Bloom competition and for the delight of the residents, families and visitors to the home,.