We hope all our Residents families had a very good Christmas and hope 2016 has started off with a bang.
We have some very exciting news to tell you about!
The detached house in our grounds has been undergoing extensive redecoration, as we intend to open a Day Centre.
This is to accommodate families still coping at home with a loved one suffering from Dementia but finding it increasingly stressful and possibly needing one
or two days break to recharge their batteries. We will offer a comprehensive service from 10-5 with food, entertainment and the usual personal care services. This will enable the family to relax and know that everything possible is being done to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their relation.
Long term, this might also make the transition from home care to being in a Care Home a little less traumatic, as they will already be familiar with the staff and facilities at Woodlands.
This will also benefit our residents, as they will be encouraged to enjoy the facilities in the Day Centre, and hopefully might feel they have had a day out!
We are very lucky to have two extremely creative and vivacious activity organisers, Sharon and Amy, who will supervise and initiate activities for all our residents, day or boarding.
We intend to also start a group for any family members who would like to be more involved. The group would possibly meet twice a year, for feedback and brainstorming ideas.
We currently have a small band of very resourceful volunteers, who give up their time to come in and share whatever skills they have, to enrich the days of the residents.
Gail is a very experienced craft expert with amazing embroidery and card making skills, who comes on a Thursday morning. Dipeka loves to reminisce with the residents and has brought in memory aids in the form of music and books. We are also very privileged to have Len and Ken, who regularly pop in to chat and play familiar sing along songs on the piano.
The students, who came in last summer are booked in to come again as they were so popular last year. The groups consist of drama, enterprise or photography students and culminated their Woodland experience by helping out at our summer barbecue.
We will be having our next summer barbecue on Saturday 9th July 2016. Everyone is invited so please keep the date in your diary.
We would like to thank all the families for the Christmas cards and presents sent in for the staff.
Andrew and all the Team.
P.S. We have just received Bon Marche vouchers offering a 20% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please ask us for a voucher.
This offer runs from 27th February to 6th March inclusive.
Woodlands Care Home has had a very productive 2015 and we'd like to share with you all our major and minor changes, designed to continually improve the surroundings and lifestyle of all our residents.
We have completely redecorated the interior and re-carpeted all communal areas. In addition, all the smoke detectors have been replaced.
You will probably have noticed we have replaced our much loved wall murals with modern art work. The Art Gallery, based in Ruislip Manor, has very kindly agreed to provide us with a continually changing art display, which will be changed at regular intervals. These pictures and many more can be purchased from Helen and Steve.
The garden has had a face lift with all weather rattan furniture and a new flower bed. In the pipeline we have a new bespoke canopy being completed, so residents can enjoy the patio area for tea and biscuits or enjoying outdoor activities with Sharon, and have some shade.
We have introduced a new service for Residents called Snappy Tags. These are discs shaped like small buttons to attach to residents clothes which have their room number to alleviate any mix-ups. Please let us know if you would like to participate. Priced at £15 for 50 tags, costs can be deducted from the residents personal allowance.
On the floor we are very happy to introduce Bijal, who has joined us as Deputy Manager. She is a qualified Phlebotomist, Nurse and Midwife in India.
We have several new in Lorraine and Mariana adding to the already well trained and caring side of the team.
Throughout the summer we had groups of students popping in, under supervision, to talk to the residents.
Some returned after their initial visit, putting on small productions to entertain the residents, showing off their skills in drama and photography. This very successful enterprise was enjoyed by all.
An important part of our mission statement is to make this a home from home. We feel a major part of this is to provide as much stimulation as possible! With this in mind, we are very excited about our latest acquisition…
Sharon will update the board weekly, with the programme of activities and the carers will fill in the gaps when Sharon is not around.
We would also like to announce a very exciting addition to our activity staff in the form of Amy. She will be working the days of the week Sharon is not at the home and provide lots of stimulation, giving us a 5 day week programme.
Finally, looking ahead , Andrew has plans in the very early stages to add another floor to the property which will increase the room availability and give us the opportunity to provide more recreational space and improved catering and laundering facilities.
We had our regular summer barbecue on the last Sunday in September for the residents and were lucky enough to have a sunny day. Everyone had a lovely day. The students attended and were a super addition, helping out wherever necessary. A photo board is available in the meeting room.
Dates for the diary:
Our Halloween Party will be Friday 30th October 2-4. All welcome!
The Xmas Party is 13th December 2015 4pm- 6pm. Again, All Welcome !
Andrew and all the team.
p.s. Following last years Flu epidemic, please do not come if you know you have a virus. Thank You.