Christmas may well be a distant memory, but the residents of Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton have continued the party spirit long into January.

Swiftly following the New Year festivities, we have a wave of birthdays to celebrate at the home. With two birthdays falling in the same week, we decided to organise a party with live entertainment. Residents, their families, visitors, and the Harmony House team gathered in the lounge to watch local singer Trevor Santini perform. The crowd enjoyed singing along to a selection of well-known hits from the 50s and 60s.

To add to the party atmosphere, Trevor ensured that everyone in the audience got to wear one of his trademark sparkly hats. This performance was also the perfect opportunity to share out the instruments from our music therapy sessions. Residents and visitors played along enthusiastically with maracas, tambourines, and shakers, while others danced with members of the care team.

Happy Birthday!

At the end of the show, our two birthday girls were treated to an energetic chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ from everyone in the room. They both said that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and loved celebrating with so many other people.

We love birthdays at Harmony House and strive to ensure that each resident has the opportunity to celebrate their big day in a fitting way. Your friends and family are welcome to visit you at Harmony House at any time and may bring banners, balloons, and a cake to help you celebrate your birthday. In addition, our dedicated team are always happy to help organise birthday celebrations at the home.

If you would like to organise a more private gathering, our beautiful tea room can be made available. Please ask a member of staff for more information.

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During November and December, Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton held an appeal to bring smiles to the faces of Children admitted to A&E over the Christmas period. The home is situated close to the George Elliot Hospital, and residents and staff decided they would like to do something to help cheer up visitors to the Children’s A&E department at Christmas.

A collection point placed in the reception area of Harmony House encouraged visitors, staff, and volunteers to buy one selection box while Christmas shopping to donate to the appeal. On hearing that around 60 children visit the department each day over the festive period, the target was set for a day’s worth of selection boxes.

Thanks to the kind donations from all involved, Harmony House successfully reached its target. Care Home Manager Karin Scott and Activities Coordinator Hayley Gibbs delivered the mountain of selection boxes for the children as well as a tin of biscuits for the staff to enjoy.

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Residents at Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton have been treated to a fantastic parade of festive knitwear for this year’s Christmas Jumper Day.

On Friday 13th December, the Harmony House team spent their workday wearing brilliantly seasonal designs to support Save the Children.

Residents enjoyed seeing all of the different styles, with a few deciding to join in by wearing their own Christmas jumpers.

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On Friday 6th December, the team at Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton brightened residents’ days by dressing up for Elf Day 2019. Elf Day is a national day organised by the Alzheimers Society. It encourages people to “channel their inner-elf” and dress up at work to raise awareness for people affected by dementia.

The activity helped kick off the festive season at Harmony House in style, with the care team singing and dancing along the corridors all-day long. The day was made even more exciting with Christmas themed games, including an elf hunt and a bauble and spoon race.

The Harmony House residents could not stop smiling and laughing, especially at the Care Home Manager Karin, who got into character as a grumpy elf! Elf Day 2019 finished off with a professional production of the pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ in the main lounge.

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After a great first year of service as manager at Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton, the residents and care team decided to throw Karin Scott a party to celebrate. The activities room and lounge were decorated with balloons and banners and everyone dressed up for the occasion.

Following a very generous collection, Karin was presented with flowers, a card, and a cake with her face on it! Residents were also treated to live entertainment from local singer Anne-Marie who got the whole team dancing.

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Residents at Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton have been having great fun receiving and sending postcards as part of the Postcards of Kindness scheme. Over the last few months, the home has received 85 postcards from destinations all over the world.

During activities sessions, residents have been exploring the places the cards have been sent from. Using a projector screen and the internet, we have been finding out about the key landmarks and culture of each of the countries and resorts we have received postcards from.

This has also given all residents, staff and visitors the chance to reminisce and discuss our own holidays around the world and experiences in those countries. The display of postcards has now become a centrepiece of one of the lounges at Harmony House.

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Residents, visitors, and the team at Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton recently hosted a lively party to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Care. The dress code was to “wear something pink,” and was fully embraced by all who attended.

Residents enjoyed seeing a colourful mix of outfits, wigs, and oversized glasses on display. During the afternoon local singers entertained the crowds, with the Harmony House team encouraging residents to sing and dance along too.

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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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On Bonfire Night, residents at Harmony House Care home in Nuneaton enjoyed an evening of hotdogs, pulled pork batches, hot chocolate and the odd tipple here and there to warm up too. They enjoyed singing and dancing along to a great selection of music performed by Rob Wilson, a singer from Hinkley.

The event coincided with one of our residents’ birthdays. Margaret got to enjoy a large chorus of  ‘happy birthday,’ and was thrilled to have a song specially dedicated to her by Rob. The Harmony House family try to make sure as many residents as possible can be involved and included in our entertainment. They ensured that doors and windows were open where possible so they could hear the music. The team then took to the damp night to dance around with sparklers for the residents’ enjoyment followed by some fountain fireworks.

 

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This year Harmony House Care Home residents were joined by some real-life creepy crawlies for Halloween. The team from ZooLab UK delivered some animal therapy with a difference. Residents and visitors got to meet a selection of creatures including a snake, tree frog, giant land snail, tarantula, and some rats.

For those feeling brave, residents and visitors could touch, stroke, and hold all of the critters. We got to find out where they come from, what they eat, and how they behave. Before the event, residents got creative carving pumpkins to greet visitors at Harmony House reception. The wonderfully spooky creations were placed on display next to a big bowl of Halloween treats.

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