Category: Home Activities

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

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.

https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/how-to-pack-a-shoebox/

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.

 

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National Curry and Chocolate Week

National Curry and Chocolate Week

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.

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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.

#NationalPoetryDay

#NationalPoetryDay

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!

What music would be on your favourite playlist?

What music would be on your favourite playlist?

Have you ever had the experience of hearing a piece of music on the radio and been transported back to a time, place or event in our lives?  Perhaps it was your first dance at your wedding, a concert you attended or a track from your favourite musical.  Music is so powerful for so many of us and more and more research is highlighting the additional benefit for those living with a dementia.

The power of music, seems to reach parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot. Some studies are showing that finding the right music for an individual may result in less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication. Individually chosen music can aid therapeutic benefits of other music provided by our homes.

Our appeal is that families help create a personalised playlist for their relative in our care.  You may not know all their favourite music but you probably know more than you think.  I can think back to my grandmother’s house and I probably would have found a number of clues to help me select music: sheet music, programmes from musicals, memory of her singing as she baked cakes, and the theme tune to her favourite TV programme to name a few.

We would love for our residents to have a playlist of music that means the most to them.  It could be on an iPod, tablet or other device and staff would gladly play the music and hear the stories it uncovers. The music might soothe, calm, comfort, or even provide an opportunity to get up and dance.

Parkland House Bake Off

Parkland House Bake Off

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.

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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.

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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.

Happy Baking!

Moretonhampstead Carnival Week 2017

Moretonhampstead Carnival Week 2017

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”.

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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.

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Ladies have also made mock milkshakes to hold as well as cheerleader style ‘pom poms’. Finishing touches will include inflatable guitars and a jukebox.

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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.

 

National Allotment Week Memories

National Allotment Week Memories

There are celebrations throughout the country during this year’s National Allotment Week which takes part 14th-21st August.  The theme is “Growing the Movement” to thank everyone who is helping to create, develop and safeguard future sites.

So many of our homes have vegetable patches which are looked after by residents and staff.  Bramble Down recently contributed to the 45th Denbury Flower and Produce Show, entering flowers, vegetables, poems and a Dundee cake.  They received a number of prizes for their entries including the “Brooking Trophy” for the “floral art exhibit that most pleased the judges”.  So much fun was had in preparation and joining in the village show.

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For one Coppelia House resident we have created his own allotment within our garden.  He regularly supplies the kitchen with his fresh produce- potatoes and runner beans are the most popular choice.  It often starts a conversation about memories of grandfathers sitting in the corner of the kitchen stringing the runner beans.

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During National Allotment week our residents will take the opportunity to reminisce about experiences of allotments.  Many people talk about the sense of community between allotment members, others remember the competition on who could grow the best produce, sharing tips on pest control and how to keep the birds away whether it be stringing CDs or scarecrows.

Guest Blog: Cornerways RM Debbie Flynn shares her career experience in the care industry.

Guest Blog: Cornerways RM Debbie Flynn shares her career experience in the care industry.

Have you thought about a career in care?  Our Manager of Cornerways, Debbie shares her journey as she progressed within Cornerways.

I had worked in retail and then an office based environment for many years and did not think I would be able to have a career in the care industry.

I had previously helped look after my grandad and I thought I could do a better job than the carers that we were paying were doing.

They were asking him if he wanted to do things instead of encouraging him, for example do you want a shave and not getting the hot soapy water and shaving things to prompt him.  As he was of the generation where he did not want to bother anyone and he would just say no I`m fine.

I was totally frustrated by this experience as we were paying for an hour of care a day and they were with him for less than 10 minutes.  It was this insight into the care industry that became my inspiration to make a change and a difference.

I stopped the carers we were paying for and supported the rest of the family to look after him properly.  After losing my Grandad I thought I would love to do this for a job, so I applied to Cornerways for a care assistant`s job.  I applied because I had a lot of common sense and the ability to communicate and listen which I feel are the main skills required as it is not rocket science.

The opportunities were available for me to progress quickly as I had the determination and focus.  I achieved my NVQ`s in social care, which led me to become a senior carer then team leader.  In June 2014 I was offered the position of Manager and accepted.

Since becoming manager I have continued my learning.  I still remember my Grandad and take special care of all my residents to ensure they have the care they deserve.

We are always looking for individuals who wish to start or progress their careers in the care industry.  As a company we offer a lot of training but you need to have the compassion and willingness to make the difference.

Celebrate British Flower Week 2017

Celebrate British Flower Week 2017

June 19-25th marks “British Flower Week”, a week-long celebration of British Flowers and the UK cut flower industry.

British cut flowers are enjoying a resurgence in demand as people want to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of locally grown flowers and foliage. British Flower Week believe that our flowers have charm, grace, scents and sustainability.

Personally I love fresh flowers. My favourites are sweet peas and peonies and they make me smile seeing them in a vase at home. Coppelia House usually have some stunning design arrangements using peonies and an assortment of foliage from the garden. They are usually lucky enough to be donated dahlias which also look beautiful around the home.

Residents at Cornerways are always keen to have a flower arranging competition. Maybe they will try and copy one of the five top florists who are commissioned to create 15 exquisite designs, exclusively for each British Flowers Week.

Residents at Plymbridge House are busy ensuring their garden is stunning and are hoping to win Plymouth in Bloom for the fifth year running.

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If you are visiting one of our homes perhaps bring a bunch of fresh British flowers with you or perhaps you’d like to become a volunteer in our gardens or arranging flowers within the home. We would love to have more volunteers and never say no to a fresh bunch of British flowers.

Walking up the down staircase with dementia.

Walking up the down staircase with dementia.

Those lovely Parkland Poets have done it again with another very moving poem about their understanding of dementia.

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Walking up the down staircase with dementia.

My life hadn’t ended,

When my dementia descended,

I felt confused when it came,

But my passion for life remains the same.

Even though my life has changed.

 

I re-live sad moments, comfort me when these times come,

Remind me of the good times of when I had so much fun,

So if I have a sad moment and cry,

I can’t help it, even if I try.

So when I can’t understand,

Sit with me and hold my hand.

 

Dementia sometimes makes me feel confused and unwell,

I get frustrated with myself when I don’t remember everything you tell,

Occupy me with things to do,

This will remind me that I’m still a person too.

 

Having dementia is like re reading a book,

You’re with me on this chapter but there’s many more, just take a look.

Help me to remember with pictures of family and friends,

I may have forgotten them, but the love never ends.

 

Even though this chapter in my life is unclear,

I know you’ll help me through and take away the fear

Walking up the down staircase each and every day,

Makes it better when you’re here showing me the way,

 

Even thought my youth has left and gone,

I still feel young and will till my times done.

Life with dementia is a different chapter,

But I know I’ll get through this chapter with my new family.

 

Written by Rhianne, Bekki and Lyn “The Parkland Poets”