Branching Out!

Some time ago the staff asked us to arrange a team building event, which they then decided should be an outdoor activity.

After much research we booked Branching Out and 14 brave souls headed over to Halland for what was a challenging but very enjoyable morning.

We split into two groups and went on the low and high ropes, after being given expert instruction on the safety aspects by Chris and Joe.

Both courses involved different climbing and balancing tasks as well as ‘Zip wires’ and each task lead onto another with a final ‘Zip wire’ to terra firma!

There was a lot of laughing and encouragement during the session and I’m sure everyone would recommend giving it a go if you get the chance.

Chris and Joe were brilliant and managed the more nervous ‘adventurers’ calmly.

 

Rabbit Hole Club – National Nurses Day

It was so lovely to see so many of our wonderful trained Nurses attend a meeting prior to the Rabbit Hole Club and a full conservatory welcomed them down once their meeting had finished.

We are so lucky to have such a brilliant Care Team and our Nurses are the icing on the cake!

Preeda and Steve provided the buffet which as always was delicious – one comment made was ‘ I don’t know how your Chefs’ do it! not only proving breakfast and lunch but at the same time preparing such wonderful event buffets’ – we couldn’t agree more.

Zoe & I wanted to thank all our Nurses and we presented those present with a little thank you for all their hard work, dedication, professionalism and compassion.

We all raised a glass to celebrate!

Trained Nurse Meeting

You may be aware that we hold regular Trained Nurse’s meetings throughout the year.

This meeting was particularly well attended and we also welcomed Mike Slator from Beeding Pharamacy – who we work closely with to provide our residents medication.

The meeting is an excellent way of our nurses to discuss any issues they have experienced, provide supervision to each other and agree changes going forward as a team.

Mike spent some time explaining the medication ordering process and some changes that will be made immediately making the process more streamlined and making our systems as safe as possible.

Zoe also discussed our new evacuation skid as well as other aspects of Fire & Health and safety management.

It was also lovely for everyone to celebrate Alison’s Birthday as a team and she was presented with a cake – although a bit early but Alison will be away on the day!

Fire Evacuation Training

Here at Valerie Manor we take all of our mandatory training incredibly seriously and last week we used a new piece of equipment to assist us with the evacuation of residents should an emergency arise. Nick Stubbs, our health and safety trainer facilitated the session to such a high standard as always and Alan volunteered to be a ‘resident’ so that staff had the opportunity to have a ‘mock’ evacuation practice with someone who is bed bound. I am always delighted when we have several questions raised and discussions during the training as it shows how attentive the staff are and how seriously they take their roles within the home.