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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.