Residents of Oake Meadows Care Home in Taunton, Somerset, have been busy carrying out their New Year’s resolutions.

The start of a new year and a new decade seemed the ideal opportunity for residents of the care home to set some goals and talk about their aspirations for the future.

We spent a day gathering residents together in the lounge or chatting to them in their rooms about the things they would most like to achieve during 2020. They thought long and hard about their New Year’s resolutions and came up with some ambitious, but achievable objectives.

Oake Meadows resident Andree, 72, vowed to; “Make healthy choices.”

Dennis, 85, a fellow resident of the home, expressed his wishes to; “Achieve more and stay healthy.”

Sheila, 92, said she would like to enjoy; “More country walks and… Cider.”

Vince, 72, joked that this year he would like to; “Change my luck.”

And Olive, 78, promised; “To tell no more dirty jokes.”

Focusing on the Future

Our discussions about New Year’s resolutions involved many quick-witted answers and plenty of laughs! The conversations also helped residents to focus on plans and hopes for the coming year.

We firmly believe that moving into a care home does not mean that life has to completely slow down. Having goals to reach for and ambitions to achieve can have a really positive effect on mood and wellbeing. This helps residents live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

As a resident of Oake Meadows, you will always find something exciting, a little bit challenging, and fun to do. This ensures that everyone in our care has the opportunity to live life to the full, experience a sense of achievement, a sense of purpose, and have plenty to look forward to.

 

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On Bonfire Night, residents of Oakes Meadows Care Home in Taunton celebrated with an action-packed evening of entertainment. The fifth of November is the perfect night to reminisce about childhood memories. With the sights, sounds, and smells all unique to the event, it really does conjure up vivid recollections.

Residents invited friends and family to join them for a Bonfire Night Party. Local singer Ray Dennings entertained the crowds, while residents danced the night away. Everyone got to enjoy a large buffet, with a few Bonfire Night treats and a fizzy pop fountain!

To finish the evening, residents gathered at the windows of the lounge to watch their very own firework display.

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Residents at Oake Meadows Care Home recently received an invite from students at Richard Huish College in Taunton. They were invited to join the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in the college’s main hall to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Residents enjoyed coffee, cake, and a good old chat with some of the college’s Health and Social Care Students. The students were able to practice their communication skills with the older generation, while residents had a great time watching entertainment from the college’s Music Students.

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We have been training hard this week at Oake Meadows Care Home in Taunton. Very soon our residents will be competing in a sporting event that we have organised with another local care home.
Our residents take these things seriously and have spent much time perfecting their bingo, skittles, and target shooting (foam darts only!). Following the training events, Leroy was a gracious winner overall, with Andree and Colin close second and third. We cannot wait for the main event!

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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This week, residents from Oake Meadows Care Home in Taunton went on a road trip to explore the local area. Ray was really happy to see Galmington, as he lived there for many years. While Vince enjoyed the beautiful Somerset countryside.

As it is summer, it would have been rude not to have visited the seaside. So we made a quick trip to Minehead to get some sea air too!

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Local trip out for Oake Meadows residents

Residents from Oake Meadows accepted a kind invitation from Trull Church volunteer, Julia, to join the local community group in Angersleigh for a tasty meal and beautiful piano music. Stanley tucked into the Steak Casserole, Margaret loved the Caesar Salad, while Kathleen and Dennis really enjoyed the Raspberry Meringue.

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Oake Meadows enjoy calypso fun!

Residents at Oake Meadows recently enjoyed an exotic cocktail and calypso party. Senior Carer, Kelly said: “We wanted to celebrate the warmer weather and everyone loved this colourful and vibrant theme; especially the rum!”

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Oake Meadows in Taunton is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with the local Waitrose store in Wellington. The store recently raised £373 for the Home, and future plans include volunteers working on projects around the Home and spending time with residents. “We are really looking forward to making a positive impact in our community and Oake Meadows is a perfect fit for our outreach ambitions” said Waitrose representative, Veronica.

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Residents at Oake Meadows continue to cuddle and care for a variety of animals at the home. Kathleen stated: “These bunnies are so cute and I love holding them. They are so happy here.”

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