One old face and two new ones!
In the centre is a visitor Rebecca Evans A.M. Minister of public health and social services who came to visit in April 2017. Rebecca wanted to announce the increased level of personal wealth that Welsh Government have just agreed to allow people to keep before having to use their savings to pay for their residential social care.
Residents met Rebecca who asked them about their life in the home and it hopefully helped her understand what is important to people. When she visited one resident she seemed surprised that he had his curtains half closed on a beautiful day. He quickly explained that he had been a postman for 30 years and that was exactly how he now wanted to be in his own room! An example of the personal choice residents here enjoy.
On the right is Helen Randall who a year ago took over as manager ay College Fields.On the left is Michael Kemp the old face. Michael has been director since the home opened its doors in January 1989
Music and animals are always popular. They not only are an interest but sometimes they help in other ways too.
At College Fields there is music every week from professional musicians and at other times just simple singalongs.
When it comes to animals we have our own special opportunities as we have pygmy goats, donkeys, chickens, ducks and sheep available at our park at Rushmoor. From time to time some of the animals pay us a visit at the home.
Above you can see the pleasure cuddling a kid goat can give.
What could be more fun than to go to the beach … even on a rainy day in March
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Thank you for providing the opportunity for me to see first hand the care you provide to your residents. I was very impressed with the atmosphere at the home and the desire of staff to make a positive contribution to residents’ lives.
Rebecca Evans Minister for Public Health and Social Services
‘It was a privilege to be there at your 25th anniversary for a great celebration of your excellent care for so many people setting such a high standard for the sector which has been widely and rightly recognised.’
Jane Hutt, A.M. Minister in the Welsh Government.
What’s better than a tea dance with old and new friends? That’s what we organised with residents from homes across the Vale. Ten homes accepted our invitation to join us at Hen Goleg the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s resource centre. An afternoon of entertainment from professional musicians and more than enough food to go around. People who had not been on their feet for ages were suddenly dancing others dancing in their chairs! We were grateful to the Vale Council for making the venue available and delighted to see people from private and local council homes all together enjoying themselves.
A day out for some of our residents at Rushmoor, our small holding, meeting the friendly donkeys, pygmy goats and chickens was special and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Little did we realised that the video we produced of the event would have a positive impact in the USA. Leading dementia therapist Dr Daniel Nightingale viewed the video and has included it on his website as an example of ‘inclusion in reality’ His website can be seen at http://dementiatherapyspecialists.com/my-
Friday is animal day.
This photograph displays two important elements of care. First is the intergeneration that is encouraged with school children coming to visit residents. The second is how varied and educational event here can be. Whilst the writer would dislike the thought of getting up close and personal to exotic animals such as this snake, almost all residents thought it was brilliant. It just goes to show how open minded we have to be when we arrange entertainment.
It’s such a delight to welcome family, friends and a couple of goats into your room! The Rushmoor animals came to visit and not only met everyone in the lounge but those in their rooms too. Click for more photos.