The residents of Briar House Care Home in Kings Lynn have enjoyed an afternoon surrounded by love hearts and sweet treats as they celebrated Valentines Day.

Loved ones were invited to join residents at the home for a delicious afternoon tea to mark the occasion. The Briar House team spent time decorating the dining room with heart-shaped balloons, mobiles and banners.

On entering the room, guests were greeted with specially set tables complete with red table cloth, heart-shaped napkins, and red roses. As residents and their loved ones chatted, the afternoon tea was served. Guests enjoyed an array of savoury treats and cakes, with heart-shaped cupcakes the star of the show.

Briar House resident Michael enjoyed the Valentine’s Day afternoon tea with his wife Sue. Afterwards, Sue said; “Honestly, Michael and I have had dinner at expensive restaurants where far less trouble has been taken. The table which had been set just for the two of us was delightful. The little heart-shaped iced cakes sprinkled with tiny hearts were so thoughtful and also delicious.”

Helping Residents Organise Surprises

In the days before the event, members of the Briar House team helped residents choose cards and gifts for their loved ones. After receiving her card and gift, Sue said; “A great big thank you to Jo for choosing just the right card and chocolates for me from Michael.  She tells me she was under strict instructions!”

Residents and their guests also had the chance to win a hamper full of romantic gifts, kindly donated by staff and visitors to the home.

At Briar House, we strive to ensure that residents continue to celebrate the events and festivals that are special to them. Our dedicated Activities Coordinator plans a great selection of things to enjoy each week, so you will always find something exciting to look forward to at the home.

 

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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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Briar House celebrate Pea Week!

Staff and residents at Briar House had great fun celebrating Great British Pea Week running from 8th – 14th July 2019, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the provenance and heritage of peas.

Activities co-ordinator Jo, got creative making lots of tasty pea treats for the residents to sample. Jo even dressed up as a pea for the occasion!

Happy Pea Week!

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Briar House have been fundraising by playing some Bingo. It was held in the local Discovery Centre, which is in convenient walking distance to the home. Briar’s Activities Coordinator’s, Sylvie Leggit and Gail Suister, organised the bingo and raffle inviting both families and residents to create a hugely popular and successful event.

The raffle prizes were all donated by the families and local companies and included bottles of wine, spirits, food hampers and vouchers. Everyone was incredibly generous with their donations and Briar House staff and residents were incredibly grateful. Overall, the event made an astonishing £950 altogether.

Administrator Toni Miles commented, “It was a brilliant effort from everyone, family, friends and staff, we couldn’t have managed it without everyone’s help and support. The money raised was used to buy individually named Christmas stockings, and extra presents. The money has also been used to fund more events for the residents. It’s a great example of everyone coming together to create a really special and successful experience.”

 

Glimpse at gardens for Mayor at Briar House

Two members of staff at Briar House have clearly been making an exceptional effort to keep the gardens of the home looking at their best.

A visit from the Mayor and his party on National Care Open Day this year saw them very impressed at how tidy and attractive they were looking.

A big thanks from the home goes to Phil and Sylvia who continue to maintain the gardens.