Dame Vera Lynn Day Article written by Marjorie (Resident of Restgarth)
On 20th March 2017, Restgarth marked the 100th birthday of the celebrated Dame Vera Lynn with a day long series of special events which included a war-time menu and a showing of the 1943 film “We’ll meet again”. The dining room was decked with flags and bunting and Lynda chatted to residents about her life and work.
James tells us all about Vera
Accompanied by his guide dog Kim, James Lynes a personal friend of Dame Vera Lynn made a special visit to Restgarth on 27th March to give a talk about Dame Vera’s 100th birthday celebrations. The visit came 10 days after he was a special guest at the celebration of her life and work, held at the London Palladium on Saturday 18th March. Sadly Dame Vera was too frail to attend the celebrations in person, but the evening which included a visit by H.M the Queen ,was well supported by her family ,including her daughter and grand-daughter who took back to her a video of the performance, photos and lots of stories in addition to holding a family party for her on 20th March 2017.
When he visited Restgarth, James brought many photos of the evening including some of himself with various celebrities such as Jimmy Tarbuck , Wayne Sleep and Anita Harris. James said he felt “very privileged and honoured” to have been able to contribute to the ‘Birthday evening ‘dedicated to Vera’s charity for children with cerebal palsy. He said that his future plans include a parachute jump to raise money for the charity which he plans to do later this year.
Small changes at Restgarth
We have continued to make some changes at Restgarth recently. You may have noticed the new archway in the garden which will have some lovely climbing plants growing over it. In addition, Simon has continued to make over some of our bedrooms and paint individual doors in the colour of our residents choice adding some colour and brightness to the home. Ben has also been making over some of our bedroom furniture to give it a more modern and up to date look. Work has also been underway to spruce up the outside of the building with both painting and planting.
In March Lynda and Hannah delivered two demonstrations to Residents to explain how various equipment is used around the home including hoist slide sheets and mangar cushion.
The demonstrations not only displayed the use of the equipment but also provided valuable information and gave an opportunity for residents to ask questions.
All residents who attended felt it was both an interesting and useful exercise.
Our little shop continues to do well and has been well stocked with the help of our residents throughout March
with some beautiful handmade bookmarks, necklaces,cushions, greeting cards, pin cushions and pebbles as well as providing some interesting books for sale. To date we have raised £71.50 which will be used for resident trips out in the summer.Well done everyone !
We would like to give a warm welcome to Nathan our new care coordinator which is a new role to Restgarth Care Home. Nathan’s role is to ensure all our resident care plans are up to date, reviewed regularly and to assist in the smooth running of the home. Nathan has 4 years’ experience in care, including mental health, dementia and learning disabilities.
We would also like to introduce Luke who is the new manager of Restgarth Care & Support Home Care. Luke has 8 years’ experience in the care sector ranging from managing residential settings to overseeing the running of home care services. Restgarth will now be providing support to those in the surrounding community offering personal care, cleaning, shopping and meals on wheels.
We have also welcomed Beverly and Eirwen to the care staff team and James is helping Julie, our chef, in the kitchen.
New Senior Staff
We would like to mention that two of our care staff have been promoted to senior care assistants after undergoing some training and support from Dean our manager. Well done to Rebecca and Janet and we wish them the best of luck in their new roles.
“This is Me”
Dean has introduced a “This is Me” poster that will be placed in all resident’s rooms. Lynda has been busy spending time with residents individually and created personalised posters with likes, hobbies and life stories. Polperro Harbour Trip
A few of our residents and staff took a lovely stroll down to the harbour in Polperro on Saturday 19th February 2017. Naomi, Rebecca and Janet took Edna, Joan, Roma and Elizabeth for a stroll down to the harbour and around the village. Everyone was wrapped up well as it was rather nippy out but that didn’t stop them enjoying themselves.
Back in November 2016, Lynda, our activities coordinator, attended an event at the Mill Pool centre in Looe called the “Loop the Loop” which was organised by the library in conjunction with the arts council. The event was a photography tea treat where we were given a talk by professional photographer Gavin Goulder. He talked about his work across the world as a freelance photographer for newspapers and magazines. We saw some fascinating photos and heard the stories behind them as well as gaining some professional advice and inspiration along with some tea and cake. The event was aimed at home library users who find it difficult to access services to support their creativity through photography. Each person was asked to produce a photograph of something that was important and dear to them in their life and send it to both Joanna Mayes -artist and film maker and Gavin Goulder who will enter all entries into an exhibition. Our residents were all supported by Lynda to produce a photo each to enter. The library also loaned us a new camera during the month of December for the residents to use. Below are just some of the entries our residents submitted for the exhibition.
We would like to say a big “Thank You” to all the staff at Looe Library who were very supportive and made this visit and other recent trips so enjoyable.
Events in March 2017
2nd March – 2:30pm Holy Communion with Gary, Carolyn & Paul
3rd March – 2pm Voice of Restgarth meeting
7th March – Afternoon swimming trip at Hannafore Point Hotel
13th March – 2:30pm Chair exercises with Ben Jones
17th March – 1pm Polperro Memory Café
20th March – Vera Lynn day including wartime menu, music and dress up
22nd March – 11:15am Poslips -Musical Duo
23rd March – 1:30pm Felting workshop at Looe Library
We would like to give a warm welcome to Dean, our new manager, who joined us at Restgarth in December. Dean has a very friendly approach, he is always ready to listen to our folks and accommodate any requests.
We are also delighted to welcome Julie, our new cook, who recently started with us. Julie has already made some great improvements to our menus, and has a real talent for making scrumptious cakes that can’t be resisted.
Voice of Restgarth. Ten of our residents have formed a committee called the “Voice of Restgarth” which had its first meeting on the 3rd February 2017. The committee will meet every two weeks to discuss any requests to the menu and changes around the home. Also the residents will play a part in our selection of new staff and what skills they would like staff to have in supporting them.
Our residents have been busy knitting squares to make a patchwork blanket for use in the Restgarth van. Our activities coordinator organised our folks to knit the individual squares before being sown together. It really brightens up the interior of our van.
Activities this month: Our residents enjoyed a recent trip to the Theatre Royal in Plymouth to watch “Snow White” with the members of Polperro Memory Café. A few of our residents went shopping at Trago Mills with our activities coordinator and purchased lots of craft items to keep them busy over the next month with stocking up our new shop. We have set up a new shop in our reception area selling handmade gifts with all proceeds going into providing our residents with an innovative activities schedule. Our chef treated our residents to a special Valentines Day menu which included a delicious white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake.
We had a great night on 5th November with delicious hot chocolate drinks to keep everyone cosy whilst watching the fireworks and sparklers.
Remembrance Sunday. We were very honoured and proud to have Peter attend the remembrance memorial service, on everyone’s behalf; to pay his respects and remember all the service personnel for their efforts, achievements and sacrifices.
In Flanders fields – John McRae
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”
New Lift. We are so pleased with the new lift that we have recently installed at Pine Lodge. This has made a huge difference to our folks residing on the first floor with it’s spacious and easy to use facilities.
We are looking forward to various Christmas entertainments that will happening in December and we will keep you posted on these in the near future.
At Restgarth Care Home we are delighted that Julie Evans has successfully achieved her Registration with the Care Quality Commission. Julie has worked hard to improve her knowledge of compliance for this role and, combined with her natural enthusiasm and warmth, she will be a positive influence to everyone at Restgarth Care Home.
We are also very pleased to share our preliminary draft inspection report, showing a good rating for each of the five areas reviewed. To achieve this Katie, Julie and all the great Restgarth staff team had to demonstrate that they provide a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led service that complies with the fundamental care standards of quality and safety. So a big “well done” to all the Restgarth Team.