January 2018 is National Soup Month. The cold, dark (and mostly wet) days in January are often used as the perfect reason to indulge in a bowl or mug of your favourite hot soup.
There have been celebrated soup dates dating all the way back to around 20,000 B.C where boiling was not a common cooking technique until the invention of the waterproof container. Interestingly the word soup derives from the French word soupe, meaning broth or soup, which was then sold as a cheap meal by street vendors to provide an antidote to physical exhaustion. Serving soups then become popular in restaurants around the globe and many cookbooks were published offering the best recipes and methods for homemade soup.
Nowadays you will head to the canned food isles in the supermarket for a tin of soup. This is thanks to Chemist, Doctor John T. Dorrance, who back in 1897 invented condensed soup with household name Campbell Soup Company. Originally the cans required water or milk to be added to double the quantity, however this is no longer the case as soup tins have become a very popular “ready-to-eat” meal and a lunchtime favourite.
To celebrate the goodness a bowl of soup can bring the stomach and soul, our residents have been enjoying their favourite soups over the January month as it is often found to be a preferred and more satisfying meal.
There is no clear soup winner, but as we all know you can’t beat a bowl of hot tomato soup with crackers or bread. It is also said chicken soup can help you get over a cold! What is your favourite hot soup and how will you be celebrating this month?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!