In November, residents at our care homes have engaged in different activities beneficial to keep their brains and bodies active with the help of our staff, volunteers and friends.
Our residents have been busy making poppies which turned into a wonderful display in reception. Rev John Aston gave the Remembrance Songs of Praise Service with all thoughts and hymns all for all the soldiers we have lost during the world wars. We held a memorial service where the families of the residents who have passed away during the year were invited to. There was also a Piano Recital and other Musical Activities as well as exercise classes which can help reduce the risk of falls by strengthening the muscles.
For Remembrance Day, we spent a couple of weeks preparing colourful adornments for our lounge. We also started preparing Christmas Cards, lavender bags and bath bombs for the Christmas shop in December. We made different Coat of Arms that represent the values and beliefs of Sisters Hospitallers and the feelings of the atmosphere of our home involving residents and staff in working together. Chair Yoga was introduced as a new activity and we are hoping to make it more regular during the next year. We also played a lot of games – Bingo, Domino, Hoops, etc. and had a singing session that many of us joined.
On Remembrance Day, a theatre night was organised and residents, family, staff and sisters went for a night out to see the show ‘Song and Drama Marking 100 years Since The End Of World War 1(1918)’ which helped us understand and know a little bit more about our history. We also had an engaging talk recalling the End of the Great War 100 Years Anniversary. This month, our residents put the potpourri in small bags and decorated marmalade jars for our Christmas Fayre. A magician came to entertain not only our residents but the staff, relatives and even the manager by swallowing a sword and doing all sorts of magic tricks.
The residents’ shop was brought back on the 24th of November. This project started with a donation of some new items to sell and their intention is to sell small items, presents and basic products in the near future. It will flourish by using the income to buy further goods and the small profit will provide extra treats and snacks for the residents. To date, the shop has raised £94. The Liberia donations from the Church Coffee Club have reached £231.45. Thank you to all the people that come along to support these events, it is greatly appreciated!