Author Archives: Karen Dixon

Christmas 2016

Well it has crept up again! Where has the year gone, if anyone finds it please let me know!!
It is a really busy time here with lots going on! We had our Christmas Party on Sunday with lots of amazing food. A big thank you to Nicky, Debbie and of course me!! resonsible for the sausage rolls and Coffee cake yummy and also to Glenys for her Hazelnut Meringue and Stephen for the Chocolate Brownies and of course a big thank you to Mirandas Music who played all the favourite Christmas Songs as well as to everybody who came it was lovely to see everyone looking so smart and great Christmas Jumpers.
Yesterday we had the local playgroup come in and sing for us, they were superb very well behaved with beautiful voices and an appitite for chocolate biscuits.
Please remember you are always welcome to come and join in any of the activities the monthly list is always just inside the front door on the wall.
We do have a new security system in place so you will now have to ring the bell and wait to be admitted, we are sorry if it takes a while to answer the door, but sometimes the staff are busy with a resident so please be patient.
Please remember if you have any concerns about anything just let us know and it will be dealt with quickly, if we don’t know we can’t do anything about it!
Please have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year from everyone at Saltmarsh House.

Spring!

Well it looks like spring is arriving, the daffodils are blooming, and windows are starting to open! The home has been very busy with lots going on, we are in the process of painting and decorating, so we apologise for any inconvience caused to anyone.

Wendy jones has now retired  after working for us for 20 years! We all wish her well and hope she enjoys her retirement.

One of the biggest changes we have made, is to go computerised with all our care plans and records it is fantastic, but is taking us sometime to get used to it and to use it to it’s full capacity! this means that  there will be new Care Plans for all residents, so these will need to be read by you ( if you are the advocate or have POA) and signed.

Mother’s day is on the 6th March. Please could you let us know if you are taking your Mother out. Thank you.

 

Christmas

Well it’s that time again, it keeps sneaking up on me! FATHER CHRISTMAS is coming to town!! very exciting.

We have lots of activities going on they are

Music for health on friday 4th.

Tuesday 8th Reflexology in the morning and Mirandas music in the afternoon

Weds 9th Armchair yoga with Kate am and music with John pm

Friday 11th Music for health.

SUNDAY 13th IT’s OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Tuesday 15th Danielle will be playing the harp in the afternoon

On Wednesday 16th we have Gorseway Nursery school performing  their Christmas show at 10.30am (Luca will be starring in this but we are not sure yet what he will be but he would like to be Batman!!!) This will be followed by armchair yoga in the afternoon.

Thursday 17th we have Troubadour performing their Christmas Pantomine “Cinderella” at 2pm everyone is welcome and mince pies etc will be served.

Friday 18th is Music for Health and on Tuesday we have Refexology followed by Miranda’s music.

Please feel free to come and join in any of these activities, we would love to see you

There will be a box in the hall way for you leave  gratuities for the staff.

IDEAS FOR RESIDENT CHRISTMAS GIFTS.

Toiletries, Shampoo, shower gel, body cream unperfumed.

Slippers with backs, socks and underwear.

All of us at Saltmarsh House wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a very Merry New Year!

 

Autumn

Well the leaves are falling and so are the apples! all I can think of is Apple Crumble yummy!!! We have a few trees down the drive so we all eating lots of them, you know what they say! An apple a day keeps the Dr away!! we hope. Everybody is now asking me about CHRISTMAS! i keep telling them that it is only October, and they just tell me i only have 8 weeks until christmas, so i promise after Halloween and bonfire night i will find a date for our fantastic Christmas Party.

This morning Kate came in and did a class of armchair Yoga, it was so lovely to see a room full of ladies streching their arms and giggling brilliant. Miranda (music) had to cancel yesterday as both her children are in the panto at the Kings this year amazing, but I am sure they will be in to give us a chance to see what they are doing. Danielle the harpist will be in on the 26th November.

Troubadour will be here on the 5th November at 2pm and their Christmas show will be on December17th at 2pm if you wish to come and watch you are very welcome.

For all of you who brought the Breast cancer raffle tickets, the draw is tonight, so thank you and good luck.

Easter

Good Afternoon,

Well Easter is nearly here, I hope the Easter bunny brings you lots of Chocolate!! or red wine what ever your preference is!!

We have changed some of the beds, so now all residents have electric beds, this makes life a lot more comfortable for both residents and staff, enabling us to move and handle safely.

If you are taking your family mamber out at Easter please can you let us know, so we can ensure they are ready for you.

There are some pink raffle tickets for sale in the hall, please buy some!!!! The prize is a beautiful king size quilt made by 40 members of Island Piecemakers who range in age from 14 – 92 years old! The money for this is for Breast Cancer Care please put the money for the tickets into the Breast cancer collecting box. If you don’t want a raffle ticket, please put a donation in the box XXXXXXXX

On Thursday 2nd April, Troubadour will be coming to do their Easter performance, you are very welcome to come and watch it starts at 2pm.

Please remember we do have a very robust complaints procedure. If you do have any concerns please don’t hesitate to let Karen or Rebecca know.

Happy Easter from Karen, Rebacca and all the staff at Saltmarsh House.

The Daffodils are starting to bloom!

Well spring is on the way, we have some daffodils blooming and Paulette (gardener) is back at work! The fence in the back garden has been completed, and looks very smart, which has pleased George. The staff have completed their Infection Control training, so a big thank you to them for attending as we know it can be difficult, juggling family and work.

Miranda has been in this afternoon playing the saxophone, it was lovely everyone singing along and the sun shinning!

For those of you who are not aware, I have been involved in making a large pink quilt for Breast Cancer Care, raffle tickets are for sale in the hallway, and a poster will be displayed of the quilt  when its finished!! nearly there. Some of the residents have been very interested, and I have been bringing it in in various stages, their encouragement has been very welcome.

Troubadour will be in on Thursday 2nd April with their show ” A Truly Egg-citing Easter” showing at 2pm. popcorn will be provided.

 

Whats on

Hi All,

Well it has been a very busy month. We have had our Investors in People review, which went really well, and we have achivied a lot more standards than required which is amazing, so a big thank you to the staff who had to attend interviews with the assessor. We have also had Vision Call in to test the sight of all our residents. Some of the staff attended Diabetes training with Southern Health NHS. Thank you very much to the trainer. We also had Valentines day which we celebrated with chocolate hearts on the breakfast trays, flowers and a lovely cake made by Sonny. Very exciting it’s pancake day tomorrow – yummy!

Whats on for the rest of the month; tomorrow we have refexology with Karen, and Mirandas Music in the afternoon. On Friday we have Music for Health at 2pm. On the 25th it’s Music with John, and on the 26th Danielle will be in playing the harp, with Music for Health on Friday 26th. You are very welcome to attend any of these events.

 

Activities

Just to let you all know that Danielle the Harpist will be playing here on Tuesday 27th January at 2pm, everyone is welcome. It would be lovely to see you here.
Tea and Coffee will be served.

Happy New Year

Saltmarsh House would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

We have a very busy year ahead of us! Thank you to everybody who completed our survey, it is very much appreciated, and we know that people get fed up with them, but it does help us to ensure we are meeting our own very high standards.

There will be new productions from Troubadour this year, their Christmas pantomine was fantastic, with everyone taking part!

George has made lots of wooden toys, and i have framed some of them, if you wish to buy one please just put a donation in the Breast cancer box.

We have recieved a lovely letter from the Air Ambulance thanking us for our donation, which we raised with the raffle at the Christmas Party.

Christmas

A big thank you to Gorseway Nursery School for coming in and performing their Christmas Play, it was fantastic and loved by everyone.
We have a busy week of training this week Fire and Moving and Handling.
On Thursday we have John coming in to play Christmas favourite songs, Music for health on Friday and on Monday we have the theatre group Troubadour coming in to do their christmas production everyone is welcome.
Karen, Rebecca,Debbie and the Staff of Saltmarsh House wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.