We made sure the post-Christmas period didn’t leave our residents, staff and sisters feeling down by doing plenty of activities and outings that kept everybody entertained throughout January.
To start off on the right foot the new year, we invited the Rah Rah Company to St Augustine’s on the 2nd of January. Dave Mac came to our care home on 15th January and set the mood for a lovely afternoon in the lounge, delighting all of us with his accordion. Some of our residents went to Bourne Valley Garden Centre and enjoyed looking at the beautiful array of outdoor and indoor plants and flowers. We did some Arts and Crafts too!
We attended an amazing ballet show by the students from the Central School of Ballet in London at St Paul’s church. Some residents also went on a guided tour to Victoria and Albert Museum where they saw the famous carpet from Persia, one of its kind and the biggest from its time. The students of the French Lycee Charles de Gaulle at South Kensington came to sing and chat with us twice this month, we loved it! There was also an outing to Peter Jones, where we chose a few jigsaw puzzles and we ended the visit with drinks at the cafeteria on the top floor, which has an impressive view of London.
During January, we have kept active with seated movement to music using swimming noodles, scarves and a new exercise programme called ‘Get Fit while you Sit’ and this was great fun and entailed as many of us as possible holding a circular coloured cloth rolling a ball on the cloth without letting it fall off! We have enjoyed quizzes and all our usual happenings such as our Classical Music Hour which is still proving to be very popular and much enjoyed by everyone. We’ve had entertainment from Bill on Keyboard, all our usual ‘one to ones’ and exercise from Chris which goes down a storm every time! We also celebrated ‘Burns Night’ by listening to poems by Robert Burns and enjoying a Scottish Quiz, followed by some of our residents making Scottish Shortbread.
There were special farewell parties for the sisters who have been relocated after the Provincial Chapter. They will be truly missed and we wish them happiness in their new communities!