February 2014 Activities Summary

Goodbye February !

The weather seems to have been a bit more settled of late which has cheered everybody up. Many residents either wandering or being taken outside for some very much looked forward to fresh air. The snowdrops in the garden are a picture….yes Spring is definitely on it’s way !

In half term I was invited to attend the monthly Resident’s Meeting. It was thoroughly enjoyable…Zoe chairing it and Alan taking the minutes. A glass of sherry on offer for those who wanted it or tea and coffee. I think these meetings are a wonderful idea. Most of our ladies and gentlemen attended and contributed ideas on what they would like see put in place in their home. I was most impressed when after a general discussion Zoe asked each individual if they wanted anything changed or added to their way of life at Valerie Manor. One gentleman asked for fresh flowers in the rooms as it really brightened up the day…voila…Zoe has organised this starting this week. A new laundry role has been created following the last residents meeting and this will be starting this week -Everyone was asked if they were happy with the Menus and if they would like anything added. A few suggestions were put forward….one being Vegetarian Burgers ! Hopefully the weekly trips in the Jalopy will become more regular now that the weather is improving. Again everyone was asked where they would like to go…..’A Zoo !!’ Zoe is looking into a trip in the future to Drusilla’s for those who want to go. Long may these Resident’s Meetings continue they are so beneficial to the continued happy family environment at Valerie Manor.

For some reason ‘thumbing a lift’ came up at one of our Reminiscence Sessions.
Years ago one lovely lady and her new husband were living in rented accommodation in Glasgow. They had an extra week’s honeymoon and decided to visit her parents in Torquay in Devon…..THEY HITCHED HIKED ALL THE WAY !…From Glasgow to Devon then London and back along the East Coast to Glasgow ! Most sections of their hitch hiking involved Lorry Drivers…would we do this now…no…my how times have changed !

A huge congratulations to Gemma for organising the Sponsored Fancy Dress Exercise Bike Ride. Unfortunately I was working but heard that everyone had a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see the photos. Another example of Staff going that extra mile for the Residents and raising money for St. Barnabas as well. Please see separate article.

Bye for now.