Remembrance Day honours those who sacrificed everything for our freedoms. Today we pay particular tribute to the men and women of the Second World War generation, and to those of today’s, who have served and sacrificed to defend our country. Many of our residents will have lived through the war or had relatives who possibly lost their lives during conflict. Remembering them today will be particularly poignant as it takes place against the backdrop of another, albeit different, worldwide crisis. We hope that you will join with us at 11am and perform the simple act of respect by observing two minutes slience.
Our internal mental batteries have all taken a bit of extra load over the last 8 months, and it’s no wonder that many of us have struggled with anxiety and other mental health issues during this time. Here is a useful graphic that might help you check your own mental heath in a simple and constructive way. Of course many of you will have been caring for others during this period, but it’s also important to look after yourselves!
Halloween may look a bit different this year, but we couldn’t let the day pass without a spooky themed joke..What is a ghost’s favourite party game? Hide-and-shriek.
Have a great day everyone!
Our residents and staff were treated to a wonderful live organ show this week. The Dignity Charity Organ ever so kindly donated their time to come and visit The Valleys Care Home. With glorious sunshine, residents, passers-by and neighbours enjoyed a lovely morning singing, dancing and tapping to wonderful tunes. Thank you for coming to visit us.
The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) has launched a Professional Care Workers Week for 2020 which is taking place from 1st to the 4th September.
The week invites people from across the sector to attend events virtually or in person to celebrate and appreciate care workers. The week is also designed to boost the perception of social care in the public consciousness and bring acknowledgement to care workers.
As a company United Health totally supports the aims of the week, and the importance of recognising care workers has never been more apparent than it is at the moment.
The way all care workers have embraced and overcome the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic is testament to fantastic commitment they have to caring for people, which is why the theme for the week this year is ‘Respect and Recognition’.
We would like to show our support for all care workers this week and for the months ahead, and hope the event is a success.
A big thank you to Andrew Lumley Holmes for his very thoughtful gifts for staff and residents. Lots of goodies that we are sure everyone will enjoy. Our local community’s generosity has been a feature of the current crisis and Andrew’s gift is yet another example of that. Everyone at The Valleys would like to say a big thank you.
Enjoying tactile experiences is really important for residents at The Valleys, and so when we are able to have snuggles with Guinea Pigs then everyone wants to take part. Their coats are so soft and lovely to the touch that it is no wonder that no one wanted to say good bye to them. Think we had better count up how many we have at the end of the day, just in case one has been ‘snuggled’ into a bedroom!
No not what to say to someone but the important task of completing a Word Search successfully. There were frowns of concentration and a quite a hush descended over the room as furrowed brows searched the letters to find the words. This is a really popular pastime and game at the home and combines all sorts of memory, hand eye and cognitive skills in one fun exercise.
Here’s a very informative poster from “National Online Safety” explaining how to be mindful of “Phishing” online.”Phishing emails and text messages may look like they’re from a company you know or trust. They may look like they’re from a bank, a credit card company, a social networking site, an online payment website or app, or an online store.Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment.”If in doubt, it’s worth checking with the sender before clicking the link.
The current pandemic and lockdown has placed enormous stress on a lot of people. Very few of us will have lived through the last few months without our mental health being affected. This is true for both adults and children. We have found this chart by Banana Tree Log a good simple guide to help is all stay as happy and mentally healthy as possible. We hope it gives you some good tips.