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We’ve been getting up to all sorts of activities this week, with a couple of favourites being ‘High-Low card games’ and ‘Price is right’. We’ve been watching lots of movies with popcorn and ice lollies, with a TV session of Only Fools and Horses being our most popular with several of our lovely residents being glued for hours! Lots of laughter was shared over some games of skittles later on in the week, with several stand-out performers on display!
We also had a ‘walk down memory lane’ having nostalgic discussions about past sports, holidays and music, of course it was bound to end with a sing along and a good old dance!
Additionally this week some of our residents have Skyped their loved ones with emotional yet heart-warming scenes there for us all to see. We are setting our Ipad up so many more Facetimes will follow next week! Our residents also enjoyed something new yesterday as we betted on the horses which was great fun with a mixture of competitiveness and laughter shared amongst residents.
To start the week off we made lots of Easter cards to send to our families and friends, with our fabulous activities coordinators also arranging Skype calls between our lovely residents and their families.
On Tuesday our residents enjoyed making chocolate rice crispy cakes with the ground floor ladies and gents. In the afternoon we dug out our Nintendo Wii, with Rick excelling in ‘Just Dance’ and Dorothy enjoying a little run on Wii Fitness.
Some of our residents enjoyed Skype calls with their loved ones on Wednesday, it was very emotional yet incredibly heart-warming to see the joy on everyone’s faces!
We ended the week by making lovely Easter messages to send to our residents’ families to make sure they smile this Easter! We had lots of laughs in the afternoon playing ‘ring toss’, Betty, Mary and Margaret were the winners scoring an incredible 90 points each!
This morning our residents took part in a painting session and expressed their artistic skills with our activities co-ordinator Carly.
Residents thought of their own messages to send to their families during isolation to lift everyones spirits. This afternoon the residents enjoyed several games of bingo and then took advantage of the lovely sunshine and sat in the garden having a chat.
Yesterday the residents helped the activity co-ordinators spread a message to the community to keep smiling at this difficult time by putting rainbows, suns and clouds on the windows for passers by to look at. They also took part in an exercise/dancing session to keep fit and have fun.
Our residents have been having a fantastic time at Damfield Gardens, we’ve been having all sorts of internal activities taking place from chair exercises, to sing-a-longs to bingo to playing games on our interactive table.
Earlier this weeks our lovely residents had an absolute ball playing outside in the garden including ‘hop-skotch’, boules and putting.
Everybody’s favourite day of the week however was this Sunday which was Mother’s Day! Lots of beautiful presents were exchanged as well and hugs and laughter with our kitchen making some scrumptious treats as always too!
Sorry we’ve been away for a while it’s been a bit of a hectic time as I’m sure you can imagine! This update is from a couple of weeks ago but we’ll have another to follow shortly so we are up to date.
On Monday our residents on the ground floor reminisced over old pictures of St Helens and old celeb photos. We had lots of 1950s replicas such as old ration books and old magazines which our residents really loved. In the afternoon we had our weekly exercise class which our top floor residents actively participate in we did chair exercises, basketball and chair cycling.
We had a sensory session Tuesday which our middle floor residents enjoyed, with everyone being mesmorised by all the lights. We also tried balloons games which went down a treat!
On Wednesday Happy Days Entertainment joined us at Collier’s croft to entertain our residents, William was fantastic as ever really engaging everyone in what was a brilliant couple of hours. We held a charity event in the afternoon for Dementia UK called ‘Time For a Cuppa’, families were welcome and we also had a cake sale.
We were paid a visit from the nursery children on Thursday who played games with our residents on our interactive tables, our residents absolutely love it when the children come to play!
We ended the week with our weekly Friday bingo session which always gains full attendance and is a favourite amongst our residents.
We started the week with a baking session hosted by Cece and assisted by Aimee. There was lots of engagement and uptake with this activity with our residents having a fabulous time baking various different cakes and goodies.
Geoff Owens came in to have a sing-a-long with our residents during the week, with everyone involved having a jolly good time. There was lots of dancing from our residents and care staff with smiles and laughter on display all around.
We also had a lovely lady come into provide chair – based exercises for our residents, helping to assist them in their mobility as well as passing time with something fun. Ron took the exercises seriously and got stuck in!
Last week we invited Billy Thomas into Damfield Gardens from The Old Time Music Hall. Our residents had a fantastic time with a sing-a-long and some dancing with our ever-enthusiastic care staff.
Towards the end of the week a few of our residents participated in a new activity we’ve got at Damfield Gardens: ‘velcro hat’. Even our quieter residents came out of their shell and engaged with this silly activity in which people wear a velcro hat whilst other throw small soft balls trying to make them stick to the hat. One of our residents partook in this with her Mum who said they had a “real laugh”.
On Saturday we hosted The Skelmersdale Community Singers, we had a fabulous turn out and a jolly good time and sing-a-long was had by all involved. Refreshments were present as well as a raffle in which we raised nearly £80 for our residents’ fund.
We opened the week by inviting our residents and their families into our coffee shop, we also brought along our new addition to Collier’s Croft – our innovative electronic cat which our residents have named Ernie. In the afternoon St Mark’s C of E Church came in to do a lovely communion with our residents, lots of singing and keyboard playing was done! Our ladies also enjoyed a pamper session in which they had their nails cleaned, filed and polished.
On Wednesday our residents went St Helen’s town hall as they were invited for the Tea Dance. They thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing on their own dancing days, especially Vera, who even saw some of her old students she used to teach over 40 years ago!
Thursday was our very popular and ever-growing sensory session, our first floor residents love these sessions with old music, lights, different textiles and fiddle tabards.
Next week we will be celebrating our oldest resident’s birthday, Doris will be 101 years old! We will have a small party for her with lots of champagne, her favourite drink.
On Saturday morning we had an enjoyable sing-a-long and walk down memory lane, reminiscing over various time periods throughout their lives bringing back some fabulous memories. Barbara, Maureen and Jan had a particularly good time with smiles and laughs all round!
On Saturday afternoon we had a fantastic time in the cafe with tea and biscuits being shared between our residents. We also shared lots of happy singing and laughs especially Kathleen, Patricia and Linda in what was a heart-warming afternoon.
We had an amazing time on Tuesday!
William, an external entertainer, came into Damfield Gardens to put on a fabulous show for our residents.
The performance was a trip down memory lane for our residents with songs being performed in a sing-a-long manner from different times over the past century.
Our residents thoroughly seemed to enjoy singing and dancing, with lots of smiles and laughter on display!
We began the week with our very own sensory session ran by Hannah, the residents really enjoyed this session. We had lots of sensory items including some silicone tiles which the residents could either hold in their hands or place on the floor and put their feet on to feel the textures. We also had a light curtain with hung from the ceiling and lit up with all different colours, Norah was fascinated with this and loved having it draped over her knee. In the afternoon we made our very own valentines display with our arts and crafts session, it is currently placed in our café area awaiting our Valentines tea party next Friday.
Tuesday, we had a lovely church service by Lilly from English Martyrs Church in Haydock, some new faces from our residents attending.
Wednesday was Café morning where all our residents come to enjoy some music and a chat with friends and families over a nice cuppa and a piece of cake. This week’s music theme was old war time music.
Thursday the children from Holyrood nursery came to help us build up our valentine’s decoration display but unfortunately the children wanted to take them back to the nursery with them to give to their friends. In the afternoon was our ‘Walk It Out’ club and this week was a 1:1 walk with Norma, it helped with her anxiety to get a bit of fresh air and have a little chat, we sat for a while out on the benches before having a little stroll around the garden.
Friday morning was very enjoyable we had Ian and Al joining us here on the ground floor, from Music in Mind, who entertained our residents for an hour with their comedy musical set, they interacted with each and every resident on a personal level, the room was buzzing, even the families where complimenting them. This afternoon we settled down to a couple of games of Bingo, again a full house with 4 winners today.
Come along for a fun-filled afternoon on Saturday 22nd February!
We’re welcoming Skelmersdale Community Singers from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday afternoon to have a sing-a-long with our residents.
Everyone is welcome to attend with refreshments available and a raffle taking place.
We urge as many of our residents’ families to attend as possible, it will not be one to miss!
Monday 3rd Feb – Last of the Summer Wine
Tuesday 4th Feb – Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Wednesday 5th Feb – ‘Allo, ‘Allo
Thursday 6th Feb – Hi-Di-Hi
Friday 7th Feb – David Copperfield
Saturday 8th Feb – Sherlock Holmes – The Eligible Bachelor
Sunday 9th Feb – Darling Buds of May
Wed 5th 2:30pm – acoustic guitar / singer performing songs from musicals of our resident’s choice.
Tues 11th 2pm – Happy days Entertainment featuring William on the banjo and a trip down memory lane.
Fri 14th 2pm – Tina Reilly returns by popular demand, sing-a-long and dance with refreshments.
Wed 19th 2pm – Billy Thomas reminiscing the Old Time Music Hall and songs from the war time period.
Sat 22nd 2pm – a nostalgic afternoon with the Skelmersdale Community Singers including refreshments and a raffle.
Tues 25th 11am – Kiddley Divey interactive music session, with bubbles and hoops!
Thurs 27th 2:30pm – Geoff Owens singer, karaoke and entertainment.
Plenty of fun in stall for our residents, they can’t wait for this month’s programme!
Monday saw our top floor residents joyfully partake in a couple of hours of crosswords and anti-stress apps on our interactive table, with Dorothy, Vera and Margaret getting stuck into the crosswords.
Our dementia residents thoroughly enjoyed our balloon and ball games in the quiet lounge (it wasn’t so quiet!), with Tony showing us his fantastic football skills!
On Wednesday our ground floor residents had lots of fun with musical instruments and had a good old dance to their favourite memorable songs from the 1950s and 60s.
The children from the local nursery came in to enjoy our ‘fun mornings’ with various activities taking place. In the afternoon members of our walking club enjoyed a short walk around the locality whilst chatting about old times and enjoying some fresh air.
Our film afternoons have thus far been a success with our residents and we’re continuing to do them with this week’s line up as follows:
Monday 27th – Evita
Tuesday 28th Jan – Ladies in Lavender with Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith
Wednesday 29nd Jan – The Lavender Hill Mob
Thursday 30th Jan – Classic TV Ads
Friday 31st Jan – Roger & Hammerstein’s State Fair
Saturday 1st Feb – Indiana Jones
Sunday 2nd Feb – Morecambe & Wise
A manicure set has been purchased with manicures and nail polishing being offered daily to residents on all floors, our daily film afternoons are also going down a treat with our residents.
We’ve also introduced an electronic interactive mobile table this week with residents enjoying colouring in pictures and playing game on this fabulous new piece of technology.
On Wednesday we had a karaoke morning with Geoff Owen who came in to perform for our residents, lots of singing and laughter was on display which was heart-warming for everyone to see.
We had Holy Communion on Friday morning and celebrated Chinese New Year on Saturday with an appetising lunchtime menu and our residents also enjoyed making Chinese lanterns.
We started the week by having Holy Communion as well as a pamper day on Tuesday, the ladies love getting their nails done!
On Wednesday two of our residents attended Haydock library to their Dementia Cafe where Dorothy renewed her library card and took out two books, whilst Vera enjoyed looking at some picture books. Sharon lead our weekly zumba with extra turnout and some very groovy dance moves on display this week!
Thursday saw us have lots of fun with the amazon Alexa’s, with the care staff making us all laugh singing and dancing to ‘Penny Arcade’ and lots of other fun Irish songs.
Hannah and Carly have started a walking club, this week we walked around local avenues chatting about how much we paid for our first house. Colin won that prize with the bargain-hunter paying only £500 in the 1940s!
On Friday we had a game of bingo in the morning and in the afternoon we sampled various chinese foods to celebrate Chinese New Year.
This week we have introduced our residents to their very own Alexa’s which is brilliant as she can play whatever music they wish whenever they wish with the ease of verbal instruction.
Each Alexa is situated in every communal lounge on each floor, with access to over 500 million songs!
Here’s Elsie enjoying getting to grips with this fabulous new technology.
To begin the week our residents enjoyed a music and light sensory session in which silicone tiles of different textures were placed on the table and we reminisced with some 1950s replicas.
On Tuesday we had a family member come into to entertain our residents, playing the keyboard for almost two hours as well as a local church coming in to give our residents holy communion and sing some hymns. This was a joyful day of everybody looking so happy and content in their chairs listening and tapping along to the music with their feet.
We opened the café to our resident’s families on Wednesday with everyone coming in and enjoying baked cakes and tea and coffee with some music and a sing-a-long. In the afternoon we zumba’ed our bodies with Sharon for an hour and a half getting up and dancing and exercising.
Thursday saw local nursery children come to visit. Our residents love it when these adorable youngsters come in to exchange stories, as well as teach them new dance moves weekly!
We all made our very own Chinese New year Dragon on Friday which has been displayed in the reception area. In the afternoon we relaxed with a game of bingo which saw a full turnout for our residents.
We’ve recently introduced film days here at Damfield Gardens.
Our residents are thoroughly enjoying the relaxing nature of this activity, although it has also been subject to mentally-stimulating debates and discussions concerning the subplots of various different movies.
Take a look at what’s in stall this week below:
Monday 20th Jan – The Kings Speech
Tuesday 21st Jan – Carousel
Wednesday 22nd Jan – Norman Wisdom – The Early Bird and Press for Time
Thursday 23rd Jan – The Sound of Music
Friday 24th Jan – Gentleman’s Agreement with Gregory Peck and Dorothy Maguire
Saturday 25th – West Side Story
Sunday 26th – Oklahoma
We’re incredibly proud to announce that we’ve maintained our 5 star hygiene rating with our best hygiene report to date. This is a testament to the conscientiousness our kitchen staff put in on a day-to-day basis, producing outstanding meals for our residents.
As one of our cooks Les says: “This isn’t a job for me, these residents are my Nana and Grandad and I prepare the food accordingly”.
Brilliant news, keep up the exceptional work!
Our residents started the week with an enjoyable work out session accompanied with a sing-a-long to their favourite music from the 1950s.
We’ve recently introduced interactive tables for the entertainment of our residents. They’ve been colouring pictures, playing the piano and have tended to our sensory interactive fish tank.
On Wednesday 8th was Elvis Presley’s birthday, we had a tea party in the morning whilst joyfully reminiscing on his life and achievements through listening to some of his most decorated tracks. This was followed by an Elvis-themed Zumba session in the afternoon which went down brilliantly with our residents.
This morning nursery children came into the home to converse and establish relationships with our residents. They were telling us what they got for Christmas and talking about their schoolwork, this was incredibly heart-warming to witness.
Our residents have been formulating their New Year’s resolutions which we have put on display for families to view in reception.
Exciting times this January!
We’ve got a variety of stimulating and pleasurable activities on offer for our residents.
External entertainment this month for our residents includes:
Thursday 9th – 2.30pm Susie & Brian Duo.
Wednesday 15th – 2.30pm Tony Gibson acoustic guitar/singer performing songs from the musicals.
Thursday 16th – 1.45pm Opera (Sefton Community). Hand massage, relaxation and aromatherapy.
Wednesday 22nd – 2.30pm Geoff Owen singer + all round entertainer.
Tuesday 28th – 2pm Interactive Music Session with Louise.
Thursday 30th – 2.30pm Kingfisher Arts. Gentle Drama Session with props, inspiring memories.
Our staff and residents are equally as enthused by this line up, we can’t wait!
We’ve had a ball of a time over the festive season!
Lots of performances have been taking place including visits from beautifully-sounding local school choirs, a brilliant pantomime, the Christmas party and even the senior management team giving a memorable Christmas carol performance!
The residents also enjoyed stimulating activities such as singing carols in the cafe and partaking in Zumba classes.
We’ve had a ball of a time over the festive season!
A plethora of enjoyable performances have been taking place including visits from local school choirs, various entertainers, a fabulous Christmas party and even the senior management team giving three memorable Christmas carol performances!