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Restgarth Care Home Newsletter March 2017

Restgarth Care Home Newsletter March 2017

Welcome!

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.

Looe Library

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

 

 

 

Restgarth Care Home newsletter February 2017

Restgarth Care Home newsletter February 2017

Welcome to Restgarth’s February newsletter.

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.

 

Pine Lodge newsletter November 2016

Pine Lodge newsletter November 2016

Welcome to Pine Lodge’s November newsletter.

Bonfires and sparks!

Pine Lodge
             ” Our lovely pair of sparklers”

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.”

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Peter and Lisa on Remembrance Sunday

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.

 

 

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Restgarth Newsletter December 2015

Restgarth Newsletter December 2015

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Welcome to the December Newsletter

Congratulations Katie

We are very pleased to announce that Katie Squires, our recently appointed manager, has been awarded Registered Manager status by the Care Quality Commission. To achieve this managers must demonstrate that they provide safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led services that comply with the new fundamental standards of quality and safety.

Katie moved down to us in August and has been instrumental in establishing Restgarth’s high standards of person centred care. She also ensures that our fantastic team of carers continue to deliver a first class service based on old fashioned principles of care, compassion and respect.

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Upcoming events December 2015

  • Polperro Primary School Choir with Maggie and Phil Fri 11th  

  • Let it Snow – performed by The Cats Pyjamas Productions, 11.30am Mon 14th Dec

  • Phil Keane and his Guitar, Wed 16th Dec

  • Sing- a- long with Martin Fowler, Fri 18th Dec.

 Resgarth is looking very festive with all the decorations up, this is with the help of our team of Restgarth Elves.

IMG_2201We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and Best wishes for the New Year.

Restgarth November Newsletter

Restgarth November Newsletter

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Welcome to Restgarth November newsletter

Pink Party

Jenny managed to organise a fantastic Pink Party event with the help of the Restgarth team and raised a substantial £305 to be shared with Breast Cancer Awareness and Cancer Research. Jenny’s enthusiasm and energy always make this event a happy and fun filled afternoon. We had some delicious cakes, ranging from pink teapots to gorgeous pink roses – very artistic and much admired.

A big thank you to all those who took part in this worthy and inspiring charity event.

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We also named our new little kitten by our lucky dip name suggestions put in to the box, all our residents suggested a name and the lucky dip winner was “Sophia”, which derives from the Greek word of ‘wisdom’. Hopefully she will grow into her namesake!

Upcoming events November and December 2015

  • Phil Keane and his Guitar 11th Nov

  • Holy Communion with Rev. Marilyn 2.30pm 23rd Nov

  • Poslips – Musical Duo 11am 8th Dec

  • Fishermen’s choir 6pm 2nd Dec

  • Let it Snow – performed by The Cats Pyjamas Productions 11.30am 14th Dec

New Service Massage Therapies

We would like to welcome and let you know about a new service being offered at Restgarth. Ben Jones, Linda’s son is visiting every Wednesday afternoon and is able to give a wonderful relaxing massage to legs, arms, hands and feet, or head and shoulders. Ben’s massage can help improve circulation and will definitely make you feel relaxed and help ease any aching joints or muscles. Ben is qualified to Level 4 in Sports Injuries and Massage Therapies. Please ask any of the Restgarth team for more details.

Linda has also painted for us some lovely pots with Polperro scenes which are by the front door; a multi- talented family helping us at Restgarth.

We welcome your feedback,comments and suggestions for all aspects of life at Restgarth, so please get in touch.