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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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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19 Aug 2020

Head of Care needed!

We are hiring a full-time Head of Care in London to assist the Registered Care Home Manager in managing the day-to-day service of the Home to ensure the delivery of a quality-driven, holistic service to Residents supporting them and enabling them to live independently and as dignified a life as possible.

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23 Aug 2020

Mornings at St Teresa’s home

Our mornings at St Teresa’s have been busy and vibrant. The residents gathered in the conservatory or garden and took an active part in exercises for the whole body. On sunny days some residents prefer to go for nice long walks in the neighbourhood, enjoying the sunshine, the beautiful gardens and mews and chatting to passers-by walking their dogs.

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14 Aug 2020

Zoom violin concert

The residents’ at St Teresa’s are fortunate to be able to enjoy concerts via Zoom. This time the violinist Henry Rankin performing for them live from Manchester! A few residents were tempted by the lovely music and joined in for a dance, which also gave the violinist great pleasure as of course, he was able to see them just as they could see him.

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13 Aug 2020

“I love seeing the residents having fun.”

Megan Derry is a senior carer at Christ the King Care Home, Shenstone She has worked for Sisters Hospitallers for 6 years. When Covid-19 was announced, her role changed completely and she became aware of how vital her job was in protecting our vulnerable residents. She said that “I have seen things I have never seen before and been put into situations I never thought I would be put in, but all of this has made me a stronger person”.

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6 Aug 2020

Our experience at St Teresa’s home during the lockdown

Anita is the activities coordinator at St Teresa’s Care Home, in London. She has shared her experience during the lockdown. She told us how much she admires her colleagues because they continued working, keeping calm, collected and spreading their happy thoughts and spirits with no complaint or relaxation in their giving attitude. And the most important, “the pandemic has taught us one thing - together we are strong and with support, compassion and love we can go through the hardship, learn and continue forward stronger and more inspired.”

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