What a wonderful day Penny had on her Birthday, with beautiful gifts and all things chocolate to also celebrate world chocolate day. Lots of cards and pressies and to finish off Chocolate waffles topped with various sweet treats of residents choice – yummy!
Last week we hosted the big bungalow bake off, cheesecake edition, with top judges Jayne and Richard.Coppice & Oakside created a beautiful Biscoff, Hillside a fabulous zesty lemon cake and Churchview & Larklands entered with a chocoholics dream. Churchview took the top spot by a slither….. or should we say a thin slice?
Our three Ilkeston homes have all been supporting Hydration Week. It is a very important part of the care that we deliver on a daily basis for us to make sure our residents are properly hydrated at all times – particularly in the hot weather. We try many ways to do this – sometimes thinking outside the box. Last week we got a great donation from Morrisons of drinks varieties – so a big thank you to them for supporting our efforts.
This week our lovely residents have been making the most of the weather now that the sunshine has arrived. Lots of music and the paddling pool has come out! Plenty of quenching drinks and suncream to make sure everyone enjoyed their day.
At United Health we care for people across the East Midlands. We do this around the clock, across a number of different care categories, through teams of professional and dedicated staff members. As a professional company we understand how difficult delivering great care can be. For some 6.5 million carers across the UK this task is done without pay, often supporting a family member or friend who has a disability or illness.
We want to draw attention to all those carers across the East Midlands in particular, who give of themselves selflessly day in and day out. Which is why we want to draw your attention to Carers Week. The week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own well-being whilst caring. The impact of caring on someone’s health and well-being should not be underestimated this Carers week.
We want to publicly recognise the fantastic work these carers do and to offer our support for Carers Week across the East Midlands and the rest of the country.
Staff and residents baked a variety of cakes recently, including Millionaires Shortbread, dark Chocolate and Orange cupcakes and Banana Bread to give a lovely send off to our staff member Liz. She is retiring having been with us for 15 years and we will all greatly miss her. Our residents were full of smiles and laughter for the get together. Joanne was asking when other staff are retiring so she could have more cake.
With the sound of rock music in our ears we all enjoyed an afternoon of getting some fake tattoos done. We turned our dining room into a tattoo parlour, and there were some great choices of tattoos. To complete the rock image there were a few beers consumed! A full sensory experience and our residents really enjoyed the atmosphere created – some even waited around for a second tattoo…. and beer!
Well we didn’t this week. Our very own ground force was out making sure that our garden is in tip top shape for the Summer. Stuart really got involved, whilst Andrew waited on standby with the bin bag. Our other residents enjoyed sitting on the patio with tea and biscuits watching the workers – well someone’s got to shout encouragement haven’t they!
We cannot remember a time when people’s Mental Health was at the forefront of national discussion as it is now. The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for good mental health for everyone, and how fragile our mental health can be be given unforeseen changes and pressures in our lives.
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week.
The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.The Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year the focus of the week is on nature and how it can improve our mental health.
Recently with the help of our cooks, our lovely residents have prepared their own pizzas for dinner. Some couldn’t wait and munched away at the choice of toppings. If they taste as good as they look then we are all in for a treat – yummy!