Residents at Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton have been busy getting creative for their Remembrance activities this year. They wanted to make an eye-catching poppy display that everyone at the home would be able to see.

The idea was for it to be portable so that it could be placed in different rooms of the home throughout November. The poppies were made using recycled plastic bottles. The bottoms of these were painted red by residents then attached to garden canes. They were then arranged into plant pots along with additional lengths of grass and smaller traditional poppies.

Making the poppies sparked many conversations about friends and family members that have served in the armed forces. Residents were very pleased with their creation and have had many compliments from visitors.

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At Lauriston House Care Home we encourage residents to stay connected with their past and love to help them relive fond memories.

Steam trains are a huge passion for Lauriston House resident John. He used to be an active volunteer with the Bluebell Railway, one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country. Today, they continue to run regular steam services between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead.

We arranged for John and a few of his Lauriston House friends to visit the Bluebell Railway on their “Steam Through The Ages” heritage weekend. Thank you to the staff and volunteers there who went to great lengths to make sure John’s day was special.

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We’d all like to take a break and head to the spa every once in a while. At Oake Meadows Care Home we love to treat our residents to regular pamper sessions.

We are very lucky to have a member of the Bliss Hair Salon team from Taunton who pops in to assist with hairstyling, as well as an Aromatherapist who offers massages to our residents. In addition, the Oake Meadows activities team organise regular in-house manicures, face packs, and fizz events, with the occasional trip to our local spa too.

Not only do our residents enjoy these sessions, but they also have great benefits for physical and mental well-being.

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At Avonbridge Care Home we are proud to be actively involved in the local community. Recently our residents have been discussing how lucky they have been in life, and how they would like to give back in some way. Following this, we have set up a food donation box for the Hamilton Food Bank in our reception. The box has been filling up quickly and we have already made a couple of deliveries from the home.

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At Cavell House Care Home, we are proud to have strong connections with the local community. Recently our residents were invited to a tea dance at Shoreham Academy Secondary School for Alzheimer’s Day.

Following a good old chat over tea and cake, they got to show off some moves on the dance floor.

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Badgers Wood Sports Day

The summer holidays are a fantastic opportunity to welcome local families to Badgers Wood Care Home for some fun activities. Our residents love spending time with children and families from Drayton and the surrounding area. What better way to have some fun in the sun, than with a good old sports day!

Our Intergenerational Sports Day featured a disability-inclusive relay race, bean bag throwing and an egg and spoon race.

Anne Riches, Badgers Wood Care Home’s Registered Manager said: “there are no barriers to joining in this type of activity. Even sports day events can be made inclusive to everyone, regardless of ability or age. Events like these prove it!”

Resident, Peter Chamberlain said “what a wonderful way to spend the day, with these lovely children, hearing their laughter, and having sports day fun together. Growing old isn’t so bad on days like today.”

Fellow resident, Joan Frost added “I didn’t think I could do these activities, but I won second place, so it looks like I can!”

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Cavell House Summer Fete

The sun was out in Shoreham-by-Sea this weekend, for the Cavell House Care Home annual summer fete. Residents, families and supporters were treated to a classic summer afternoon in the garden. With BBQ, cream teas and live music from some great local singers.

As well as having a lovely time, nearly £400 was raised to go towards exciting days out and entertainment for our residents. Victor, one of our residents, has already requested that Elvis makes a return to Cavell House with some of the proceeds!

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Teddy Bear's Picnic at Badgers Wood Care Home

Tuesdays at Badgers Wood Care Home are all about having fun across the generations. During the summer holidays we’re inviting resident’s families, supporters and families from Drayton and the surrounding areas to join us for some intergenerational activities.

This week we held a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in our beautiful gardens. As the families arrived, the teddy bears were hiding in the trees. The children had great fun finding them all, then joined our residents playing games and eating delicious picnic food in the sunshine. There were lots of teddies and lots of smiles!

We can’t wait to welcome more families and supporters to our Junk Modelling event next Tuesday 13th August at Badgers Wood.

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Briar House Care Home Pop Up Body Shop

We’d all like to take a break and head to the spa every once in a while. At Briar House Care Home, residents can be pampered by the lovely staff from the Body Shop in King’s Lynn every month!

Once a month they pop in to give relaxing hand massages for free. There is also a pop-up Body Shop for staff and residents to buy their products.

A huge thank you to the Body Shop for bringing the relaxation of the day spa to Briar House!

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Eastwood Court STV cameras

On Tuesday night residents and staff at Eastwood Court Care Home gathered around the TV to watch their big appearance on the STV Evening News. The STV crew had spent the afternoon at Eastwood Court filming residents talking about their postcard appeal.

The appeal started in the Eastwood Extra newspaper, asking the public to send in postcards from their holidays around the world. The response so far has been fantastic, and they are hoping to receive over 100 postcards by the end of the summer. Residents have loved chatting about the destinations they have been to over the years, and have had some great holiday stories to tell!

You can watch Eastwood Court’s STV moment here:

 

 

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