A day trip to remember

Outings are immensely beneficial to children’s rehabilitation and development – close-up interaction with nature is always very valuable, as is the opportunity to socialise with staff, with family, and with one another.

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30 Dec 2020

“When there is a happy, positive environment, all the rest is much easier to achieve.”

Lucia recently joined the Sisters Hospitallers family as a Registered Manager. “I like the principles and values that are at the heart of the organisation and it would be an honour to live up to their standards and to be of service.” She has over twenty years of experience working with vulnerable children and adults with different diagnoses and in various settings, such as supported living, outreach and residential homes. She feels proud of having always strived to make a difference to the people she has worked with.

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19 Dec 2020

Music fulfilled us!

Music was a very important part of our residents' lives at St Teresa’s Home, especially during the pandemic, it helped us to snap out of any gloomy moods and go back to being relaxed and happy. On several occasions, staff joined in helping to organise joyful and uplifting activities for our residents. Jennifer, who is a gifted singer, was happy to get involved in sing a long afternoon and to lead the activity with her beautiful voice. The musical afternoon quickly became a dance session. Our little party ended with laughs, tea and cakes.

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20 Dec 2020

Arts and crafts

St Augustine's residents made a beautiful family tree. All the residents’ names are there because we are all part of St Augustine’s family and this lovely tree represents us. Susan, Maurice, Michael, Lily, Peggy and Jenny helped to put the tree together. Maurice did extra hard work cutting and glueing. Meanwhile, the rest of the residents helped with ideas to make it more decorative.

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11 Dec 2020

Our very own Pirate Fancy Dress Day

At Footherley Hall Care Home we had our own Fancy Dress Day! Captainess Silver Toni and Shipwreck Sue threw down the anchor and landed at Footherley Hall to a ‘Ha Ha Me Hearties’ quote of the day from our resident Rosie ‘now you’re a sight for sore eyes aren’t you!’ It was a day of ‘hearty’ fun and a complete ‘barrel’ of laughs!

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12 Nov 2020

Daily Activities

At Sisters Hospitallers care home in London, we had many beautiful moments in October and the days were filled with activities and joy. Painting, quizzes, outings, concerts, games and movie afternoons were some of our daily activities.

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10 Nov 2020

Sisters Hospitallers are recruiting for Day & Night Healthcare Assistants in Addlestone

Sisters Hospitallers are recruiting for Day & Night Healthcare Assistants at our Care Home, St Augustine’s, in Addlestone. If you enjoy helping people and want to make a positive difference in their lives, this job could just be what you are looking for. Working with a really supportive team and friendly atmosphere, Care and Support workers are at the absolute heart of what we do, by providing the majority of frontline care within our Care Home. Our focus is on the care of the elderly, to include those with Dementia. As a Charitable business, our ethos is to provide hospitality, humanity and care with professionalism.

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10 Nov 2020

“A career in care is so rewarding”

Katie Lee has been Deputy Manager at St Augustine’s Home since last September. She has reached NVQ Level 5, starting in the care sector as a part-time domiciliary care assistant because she was looking for a rewarding job. “I started work as a domiciliary care assistant many years ago when my children were small. I wanted a part-time job that not only fitted around my family commitments but was also rewarding.”

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7 Nov 2020

French Morning

Sisters Hospitallers care home in London has introduced a new activity – ‘Visit a country’ morning. Each month we present a country to our residents and take them on a virtual trip. In October, the residents were happy to learn more about France during our French Morning.

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27 Oct 2020

Magic table

The residents at Sisters Hospitallers care home in London have been enjoying a new game - “The magic table”. It is a projector of interactive technology, similar to a computer, loaded with many sensory games which can be played on a table. The magic table is helping to put a smile on the faces of our residents with dementia– while increasing their social engagement.

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16 Oct 2020

Happy Feast

Sisters Hospitallers care home in Addlestone couldn’t say goodbye to the summer without a party. For the occasion, they had a barbecue. Gathering together was just lovely, mostly to see our residents having fun. The best part was to have Daniel Brewerton with us again. Due to COVID-19, it’s not easy to provide our residents with entertainers. The barbeque was arranged to celebrate our home day, which coincided with St Augustine’s Feast.

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14 Oct 2020

Claire Zehe 30 years of Service at Footherley Hall Care Home

Deputy Manager Claire Zehe celebrated an amazing 30 years of service Hall Care Home run by the Sisters Hospitallers. We honoured this very special day by presenting Claire with a card, flowers and gifts from us all. In her speech, Claire talked of how she has always been lucky here and has worked with some really good teams of staff.

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25 Sep 2020

Skyping & Facetime

Skype and Facetime are now an essential part of the residents daily life and the conversations always end up with them being uplifted and cheerful. Two examples are Ann and Pamela. Ann kept in contact with her brother who visited their old family house in Ireland. Through Livestream, Pamela was able to “attend virtually “ the graduation of her grandson.

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15 Sep 2020

Ice cream party

At St Teresa’s Home, we had a beautiful ice cream party. Deidre, one of our residents, and Anita, the Activities Coordinator, were in charge of the organisation. There was a setup place in the kitchenette that helped us to create the atmosphere of an ice-cream shop. Residents said that it was a fantastic ice cream afternoon and brought memories back from when they had their family Sunday walk with ice cream in the park.

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10 Sep 2020

How are we doing with the pandemic?

Sara Badesare is the Registered Manager at St Teresa’s Care Home, London. She has told us how they have been coping with the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Sara said that they are aware of a second spike and that they are preparing for it. “These are based on our observations of some of the residents’ responses during the lockdown.”

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9 Sep 2020

Hangman

Sisters Hospitallers care home in Addlestone found the perfect activity for rainy days, ‘Hangman’. Sue was the person on the board and she had to think of a proverb. It was great fun seeing our residents suggesting random letters to find the gaps!

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3 Sep 2020

Effects of COVID-19 pandemic in the residential care setting

Tina Boyland is the Registered Manager at Christ the King Care Home, and she has shared with us the effects of COVID-19 pandemic in the residential care setting. Also, she told us they are getting prepare for a potential second wave. “We have learnt a lot, experienced changes, felt drained, exhausted and emotionally tested but this will have helped to contribute to our preparation for what may be just around the corner.”

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25 Aug 2020

Tournament

St Augustine´s residents like to challenge themselves. Although playing games is fun, sometimes they compete and see who is the best. This month we introduced several tournaments: ring toss, snakes and ladders, carpet bowls, and darts. Everybody did their best but unfortunately, there can only be one winner!

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