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
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.