Five Year Anniversary

What a very special week I have had at Valerie Manor. On Monday 28th January 2013 it was our 5th year here at the Manor and on Thursday we celebrated with the residents, staff and friends and families with cream teas, bubbly and a wonderful cake in the shape of a ‘5’ made by our lovely chef Chris.

As you can see from the photos I have been thoroughly spoilt with flowers, cards, champagne, chocolates and wine.

I can’t believe the five years have gone so quickly and am so lucky to have such wonderful staff and a supportive family to assist me in making Valerie Manor the home that it is.

It seems like a long time ago when I first wrote the business plan which allowed my dream of running a care home to come true, but I can honestly say that this has been the best five years of my life and I feel so privileged to be here doing what I love with a fantastic team.

Here’s to the next five years at Valerie Manor!

Valerie Manor Snow!

I hope everyone has managed to keep warm over the past week – I know it has been disruptive but the residents have enjoyed looking out of the window seeing the beautiful scenery that we have around Valerie Manor whilst remaining nice and warm and safe of course!

I have to say how very proud I am of all the staff, everyone went out of their way to come to work and those who lived locally offered to step in for those who lived a distance away. One member of the night team even slept at Valerie Manor during the day so they were able to work the following night to ensure the residents were looked after and we were not short staffed.

Alan was, as always the knight in shining armour! He stayed late on Friday to take staff home as he has a four by four and was on call all over the weekend to pick staff up or take them home if they did not feel confident to drive. Thank you to all our staff that once again showed dedication and commitment to the residents here at Valerie Manor – very proud of them all!

Word Search Champion

As you know we like to offer a large variety of activities to our residents, and recently we were asked to provide some word searches by a resident. Our Activities Coordinator Robin wasted no time in supplying these and Gemma handed them out and suggested maybe awarding a prize to the resident who identified the most words.

Well! – this got everyone’s competitive nature flowing and it was “heads down and looking!”

Gemma collected the entries and is pictured here with our champion!

Well done to everyone who took part, and keep those suggestions coming.

New Year Activities

2013 sees the start of our new year activities schedule, which includes all of the favourites and some new ones. Already this year we have enjoyed visits from our good friends Nick with his skittles alley and Kerrie who teaches B-Balance – which helps residents exercise in a way which also aids falls prevention.

We have also teamed up with Steve from Leisure Link, who provided a regular table tennis session last year, and he will be attending regularly throughout the year with a variety of games and activities.