Residents at Oake Meadows recently enjoyed a trip out for a meal at a local restaurant. Olive said: “We asked for more meals out during our Residents’ Meeting and here we are. I am so happy!”  Mrs K added: “The food was delicious and I love the freedom of spending time with friends and eating good food.”

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Residents at Oake Meadows welcomed two talented ladies for a colourful and informative musical Easter performance. Everyone sang along to the Easter Parade and loved the journey through the history of Easter around the world. Leroy said: “These ladies are amazing.” Andree shared: “Their dresses were so beautiful.”

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At Oake Meadows in Taunton, all are aware that healthcare includes regular pampering and grooming. Residents enjoy a variety of hair treatments and cuts from the talented and kind visiting hairstylists!

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The weather may have turned cooler, but residents at Oake Meadows were still in the mood for some cool drinks! Residents made some sweet fruit milkshakes and some delicious Rose Sangria. Every resident in the home had a taste and the feedback was “Delish!”.

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Sensory stimulation is an important part of Dementia care and the prevention of boredom. The activities team at Oake Meadows arranged to have a selection of sensory pillows and blankets made for all the residents at the home. Pat said: “These are so lovely. They really brighten up every room!”

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Residents at Oake Meadows enjoyed Easter with arts and crafts, lots of chocolate and a visit from Rev Andy Wadsworth from Trull All Saints Church. Brian was tired after a busy weekend and put his feet up. “I had a great time and staff always take good care of us. Happy Easter!” Brian said.

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Oake Meadows resident Kevin recently enjoyed a relaxing spa day and had a great time! Kevin said: “It feels like I’m floating when the bubbles come up.”

The activities team at Oake Meadows always attempt to ensure that these regular sessions are person-centred and specifically tailored to each resident’s needs and requests.

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Toni and Sam continued their wonderful work with the residents from Oake Meadows in Taunton as they snipped and trimmed and blow-dried hair today. Joan was so impressed that she wanted to make another appointment straight away and Vince thought his wife would not be able to recognise him with his lovely new haircut.

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Students from Richard Huish and Bridgewater/Taunton Colleges continued their work placement at Oake Meadows in Taunton by erecting a much-requested greenhouse. Julie supervised the assembly and was very excited to put the first batch of flowers inside!
Elinor said “Although my goal is to become a Paramedic, this experience is incredibly valuable as it gives me the opportunity to improve my people skills and communication with individuals that are vulnerable. I was touched by the sense of humour shown by the residents and loved hearing about their own memories of being a teenager and starting their studies and career plans.”

“This is a great opportunity to grow and learn. The residents are very friendly and kind and I was accepted immediately. They have so many interesting stories and were welcoming from the start. Every young person should have this opportunity.” said Kanisha.

Students are Vicky Hunt, Elinor Bates and Kanisha Foster.

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Residents at Oake Meadows are continuing their preparations for Easter by working on a few arts and crafts projects. Audrey enjoyed the reminiscence workshop, whilst Nanette loved the colourful eggs and bunny rabbit decorations. Audrey said: “I love Easter; it’s probably my favourite time of year because it’s the perfect excuse to eat lots of chocolate!”

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