We welcomed Kerrie back this week to take her popular B-Balanced class. The residents (and Staff!) enjoyed joining in with the techniques to improve balance and fitness from their chairs.

We have been able to book Kerrie up for a session each month leading up to Christmas so we should all be fit for the festive period! A huge thank you to Kerrie.

August 2012 Activities Summary

The rain finally went away and we enjoyed a few lovely sunny days !

We were very lucky with the weather on our Valerie Manor Olympics Day ….wall to wall sunshine. What a wonderful day it was too. Residents, staff and visitors had a lovely time. Residents especially delighted to see the young visitors taking part. We had 4 generations of some families attend ! Please see our separate write-up on the day.

Keeping the theme of the Olympics, Zoe found an Olympic Crossword and Quiz for Residents to enjoy as part of the ‘Mind Benders’ section of our Programme. We also enjoyed a Nautical Quiz for Cowes Week, Matched Sets, The Alphabet Game and Happy Grouchy Stuff !

Physically we had our regular visit from our Zumba lady Clare, and played Table Tennis, Tin Can Alley and Hoopla. I was lucky to be invited to a Skittles Game which was organised by Nick for our Residents to visit another Care Home in the area. Six Residents, a car load of Carers and Zoe and I enjoyed an outing where a ‘Tournament’ was played between the two homes……everyone a winner ! We were then given afternoon tea with a lovely cake and a chocolate ‘Medal’ presented to all the Players. It was so successful we are hoping to return the invitation in the future…look out for the photographs.

On the last day of the month Chris made some lovely fairy cakes which were decorated by those who wanted to do so….they looked very pretty….look out Nigella !

We had a discussion on holidays taken in years gone by. Deal was mentioned which had a very pebbly beach, a visit to the Romney Marsh Steam Railway, Bed and Breakfast in Lancashire, Lunch being taken near Land’s End, in 1925 one Resident remembers going to Hayling Island by train, Edinburgh was a favourite as was Hastings. Most people remembered the Bathing Huts where they changed to go swimming.

See you in September

New Land for Valerie Manor

I am very excited to announce that we have recently purchased the land adjacent to Valerie Manor. The land lies on our eastern side and comprises of approximately 1.4 acres of mainly grassland. Although we see it as a great asset for Valerie Manor, we have no immediate plans for the area other than to extend our existing car park to give us some much needed additional car parking space. We’ll keep you up to date with the progress on this but as it will require planning permission it may take a little while.

One immediate benefit of owning the land is that we have been able to cut the hedgerow which runs along the border between the new land and Valerie Manor, quite substantially, allowing our residents to once again enjoy a view of the Downs which had become shielded by the row of Conifers. Many thanks to our gardeners Rob & Ian for cutting it down so quickly this week.

As part of the purchase we have also inherited some doves! There are two dove cotes on the land and myself and one of our registered nurses, Bonnie, are quite excited about the prospect of looking after them! Bonnie is busy researching how to care for doves as she’ll be in charge of looking after them on a day to day basis. We’ll have more about this on our blog soon!

Care Home Skittles Challenge!

I was honoured this week as while our office manager Alan was on leave I was able to drive the Jalopy to attend a skittles tournament at another local care home. Nick Peniston-Bird, who visits us on a regular basis with his Skittles Alley, suggested the tournament as the residents of both homes have such a lovely time when he visits.

We were greeted at the other home by their activities co-ordinator and home administrator who made us feel extremely welcome. Along with our group of keen residents, we took three care staff along as well as our own activities co-ordinator (mum, Robin) and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, with three rounds of skittles per person followed by afternoon tea and cakes.

All the residents participating received a gold medal which I think the staff were extremely jealous of! We plan to have other events and return the gesture by inviting residents and staff to Valerie Manor to enjoy a tournament here as well.

Many thanks to Nick for such a great event, and to our skittles challenge care home for their kind hospitality.