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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.