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I wanted to thank you once again for the excellent care which Daddy received from you and from all the Summerdown and Pentlow staff during his stay. He really could not have been in a better place for this closing chapter of his life, and once he had settled in and got to know the staff he was really happy to be so well looked after.
— A Canford Resident's Family
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Residents and staff had a great time at the home on National Care Home Open Day at Cedars. In the morning we had our regular activities going on through the home, with the day starting with Rosie’s Circle Time exercise group which takes place twice a week. There was also plenty of time to sit and relax with a cup of coffee or tea, and some sandwiches and cakes prepared by our head chef John.
In the afternoon we had a singer, Carly, come in to perform for the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and got involved by signing along and dancing.
We were lucky to have some good weather for the day too, allowing the residents to spend some time in the garden of the home looking at the blue skies above.
On the 17th June, care homes across the country will be celebrating National Care Home Open Day, an initiative to welcome the local community into the homes to see some of the great work they do.
National Care Home Open Day is taking place for the fourth time this month, on the 17th of June. The theme this year is 'Celebration'. Care homes all around the UK will be marking the day with celebrations for the Queen's Birthday, The Euros
(hopefully we will have a lot to celebrate by the 17th!), their wonderful residents, or anything they think needs to be celebrated.
National Dementia Awareness Week, supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, has a recurring theme every year, ‘Remember the Person,’ and this is the main ethos at Willows Care Home.
Sheila Howie, manager of the home, has said “We base all our care on person centred care. We try to get a life history of our residents from relatives whom we also get to know. Remembering the person behind the dementia is so important, and we do this by getting to know what their lives were about so we can tune into what they remember.”
Staff at the Mayflower Care Home, Gravesend, were given a ‘real hands on’ training experience of what life is like living with dementia.
With the help of Xperience Training and a specially installed multi-sensory room, complete with; ear defenders, glasses, gloves and even a special teddy bear, staff and carers were able to experience some of the physical and sensory challenges that effect people living with dementia.
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It was comforting for my family to know that he was being looked after by caring and dedicated staff throughout his short stay, who made his final days as comfortable and pain free as possible.
— A Canford Resident's Family