We asked some of our staff to say a few words about their experience of working at United Health and Bunkers Hill. Here is some thoughts from Nursing Assistant Nicole who has been at Bunkers for over a decade. She is a great member of our team and her commitment to delivering great care over so many years is a testament to the great team spirit at Bunkers.
At Bunkers Hill our lovely residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves over the Easter weekend. We started out well on Good Friday with Easter reflections and hot cross buns. On Easter Sunday we had a beautiful Easter Sunday dinner and the Easter bunny gave out some lovely treats. On Easter Monday we had fun and games and some delicious cakes. All in all it was a pretty perfect weekend with something for everyone and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Our lovely residents are really in the spirit and enjoying this Easter Weekend. They have been busy preparing decorations for the home for the past week which is now full of everything chocolate, chicks and bunnies! Last year we also saw some fabulous Easter Bonnets on display, and they will make a comeback this year with fair weather forecasted. What are you doing to celebrate Easter?
At The Valleys we have always tried to deliver a balanced, nutritious and healthy menu to our residents at mealtimes. Making sure they eat good food is an important part of the care we give. The choice we offer is extensive, and throughout the day and we try to cater for all likes and dislikes, as well as specialist dietary requirements. Here are some pictures of a few of this weeks tasty treats. Our wonderful kitchen team constantly push the boat out and create some great dishes. Our residents are always asking when will lunch, tea or dinner be ready!
At Bunkers Hill we like to give our residents a great start to the day. Many of them really enjoy a traditional breakfast – well why not – there’s nothing beats a full English is there? Here’s a picture of today’s breakfast offering – mmm looks pretty tasty to us and it certainly didn’t last long. Our kitchen wizards regularly create the most fantastic food, from breakfast bonanzas to dreamy dinners – not what a lot of people would imagine gets served in a care home. Well here at Bunkers we pride ourselves on our menu choices and the food we provide!
Our lovely Bunkers Hill resident, Elsie, celebrated her 102nd Birthday on the 23rd of this month.What an amazing achievement! To think she was born just after the First World War, lived through a second and has seen so many changes in her lifetime. Elsie received lots of cards and presents on her big day and we made sure we made a big fuss of her at Bunkers. She is a lovely lady who is a pleasure to have in the home and we hope she goes on to have many more Birthdays.
Mother’s Day is always a special day in the Calendar, and no more so than this year. Many of us won’t be able to be with our Mums today but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking of them and sending them our love.They may be Mums who are sadly no longer with us, Mums who are nurses, carers and doctors working hard to keep us safe, Mums looking after us at home, or they may even be isolating because of the current situation – trying to keep themselves and others well. Wherever they may be and whatever they may be doing, here is a big shout out to all of them.Mums really do make the world go round and today is their day!Let’s celebrate all Mums, you are all much loved and cherished, and let’s hope they can stay safe, well and happy today .Here’s to the Mums!
Bunkers Hill has a long tradition of having chefs who produce great food for our residents. This week we welcome a new Head Chef to the team – Kerri. We got her to do a little Q&A to introduce herself…..What is your favourite food? Spaghetti BologneseWhat’s your favourite piece of kitchen equipment? My King ProWho’s your favourite celebrity chef? James MartinWhat inspires and motivates you? My FamilyBest main dish and dessert? Classic Roast Beef Dinner and Vanilla cheese cake for dessert.What made you become a chef? I love to cook from my heart and love feeding people good quality food.We wish Kerri all the best in her new role and we are sure our residents are in for some very tasty meal times!
For all of you thinking of flipping a pancake or two today, here is our version of the perfect recipe. Ingredients:
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
Pinch of salt
200ml milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
Put the flour in a bowl make a well in the centre and add the eggs. Stir to combine well and beat to get rid of lumps. Add the milk and water mixture a little at a time, stirring in as you go. Use a spatula to remove any tricky bits of flour that stick around the sides of the bowl. You are aiming for a single cream consistency. Let the batter rest before using. Melt some butter in a hot pan and then ladle in enough mixture to just cover the pan. Leave until the edges can be lifted with a knife then turn/flip and cook other side. Eat with topping of your choice – yummy!
Our lovely staff member Laura Heggs led a very successful meditation, breathing and yoga session this week. The home was set up perfectly so that the ambience was just right for the session. All our young people felt very relaxed and refreshed by the sessions and were able to undertake a key working session afterwards and set some new goals for themselves. A really great time for everyone involved.