WOODLANDS DIARY: Monday 29th. March – Sunday 4th. April

Easter Week

On Monday 29th. March we enjoyed chair-based exercises, some Easter colour therapy and some more bonnets were made!

Sylvia, Kath and Pat getting creative!

Sylvia and Pat’s fabulous finished Easter art.

Joan making her hat with Sally-Anne

Joan’s lovely ‘Little chick’ bonnet!

 

Tess touching toes and Elwyn doing arm exercises!

 

Diane doing arm exercises.

It was a lovely afternoon so we adjourned to the garden for our word search quiz.

It was sun hat weather – Beatrice has a lovely hat!

Peter, Diane, Kath, Patricia, Pat, Beatrice, Elaine, Irene and Arthur enjoyed the word search in the sunshine in the garden!

We managed an amazing 163 words from ‘Easter Bonnet!’

On Tuesday 30th. March we enjoyed some ball games and the ever popular ‘Coin A Phrase quiz.’

Peter takes aim!

Kath gets ready to throw!

Iris enjoyed herself.

During the afternoon we welcomed 2 real life Easter bunnies to Woodlands – Bessy and Tattie!

Their visit fulfilled Angela’s wish to cuddle rabbits and it’s fair to say lots of the other residents also enjoyed this very special Easter pet therapy experience.

Angela cuddling Bessy!

Irene and Iris with Bessy

Arthur with Bessy and Elwyn cuddles Tattie! Patricia with Tattie

Sylvia and Elaine with Bessy!

Angela so happy having her wish fulfilled!

Jade talks to the residents as the bunnies hop around!

On Wednesday 31st. March we enjoyed our chair-based exercises alfresco in our lovely courtyard with the birds singing around us. This was followed by a quiz.

Irene, Iris, Pat, Kath, Sylvia and Beatrice getting active outside!

Diane and Kath were energetic!

Len and Irene.

Beatrice, Elaine, and Mary worked hard.

 

We also celebrated our lovely Diane’s Birthday – she danced with Jay Jay, enjoyed a family visit and received a beautiful framed picture representing her children.

Diane enjoyed a Birthday bop with Jay Jay!

 

During the afternoon we enjoyed a sing-a-long as we played musical bingo with chocolate prizes!

Mary and Kath. M. concentrating hard on the game.

Our first winner of the afternoon Beatrice!

Full House Peter!

 

On Thursday 1st. April Rebecca visited us for physiotherapy and we arranged some beautiful flowers!

‘Busy feet!’ with Rebecca our physiotherapist.

Diane, Irene, Beatrice, Elaine, Pat. Kath T. and Tess!

Iris, Irene, Kath T. and Pat a great team of florists!

 

 

 

 

Fabulous finished vases. Well done ladies!

New Beginnings

 

Woodlands staff and residents embraced New Beginnings during the afternoon and reflected upon the events of the last year. Staff all wore yellow to reflect the yellow of our sunflower ethos approach to care.  From moving speeches from both Jo our Director of Care and the Manager Deb. and Deputy Jay Jay, to receiving a yellow rose of remembrance and releasing balloons the afternoon was one of love, care, respect and dignity for our whole Woodlands family. Residents enjoyed children in song and poetry as well as singing themselves and then went out into our lovely garden to see the release of the balloons and the planting of a beautiful cherry tree.

Jo addresses everyone……

 

 

Deb. addresses us….

 

 

Jay Jay addresses us…..

Getting ready to plant the tree.

 

Residents thought it was a dignified and fitting tribute.

 

The balloon release……

 

Mary and those balloons!

 

Evelyn and Pat.

The yellow roses of remembrance.

 

On Good Friday 2nd. April we enjoyed an Easter egg toss and then donned wearing our wonderful Easter creations for the bonnet judging by Jo the Director of Care. This was followed by an Easter quiz and reminiscence about traditional Easter food accompanied by yummy hot cross buns! Finally we all enjoyed winning a prize in our seasonal ‘Yellow’ Easter raffle!

Deb models her ‘Three Little Pigs’ Bonnet!

Just some of our amazing bonnets!

Beryl tries the Easter egg toss!

 

Joan had a go in her Easter bonnet!

Beatrice tries her luck as Elaine looks on.

Diane takes her turn!

Daphne and Mary!

 

Arthur

Look at these 2 Easter belles! Diane and Beryl

Pat and Kath.

Elaine and Beatrice!

Evelyn and Irene.

Our Easter bonnet winners, Len, Irene and Elaine!

Plus Kath T!

Our lovely ‘Yellow’ Easter raffle!

Hot cross buns!

Iris with her ‘Easter chocolate cocktail’ prize and Irene wins her second Easter egg of the day!

On Saturday 3rd. April it was a very special day indeed for the home as our lovely Kath T. reached her 100th. milestone!

 

The day started with Kath having her hair done, followed by a lovely piano sing-a-long with Louis. Then just before lunch Kath was presented with a giant Birthday card signed by all the staff and lots of the residents, as well as Alison the owner and Jo our Director of Care. Kath was also given the gift of a framed print of her on her wedding day, enhanced and enlarged from a print given to us by her daughter Sue. Kath had told us her wish was to be able to ‘see’ her husband Douglas again and this in part was the best way we could fulfil this on her special day. She was it was fair to say emotional when she saw the picture in fact we all were as we all sang and wished Kath a very Happy 100th. Birthday.

Everyone enjoyed a high tea style lunch with delicious sandwiches, savouries and cakes in honour of Kath’s Birthday and then Kath enjoyed a special visit with her daughter and then her whole family  safely via the window.

Whilst that was happening residents enjoyed the giant crossword puzzle and upon Kath’s return she was presented with the fabulous 100th. Birthday cake Sue had so beautifully made, and residents sang again ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘For She’s A jolly Good fellow!’ Everyone raised a glass of bubbles in honour of Kath, and enjoyed a slice of the wonderful cake if they wanted. Then residents learnt a little more of Kath’s life as she enjoyed her very own ‘This Is Your Life’ reminiscence activity with music and pictures. Everything from the Charleston (music popular in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ when Kath was born!)  to ‘We’ll meet Again, an anthem for all the women like Kath whose sweet hearts were away fighting the War as she worked as an engineer for Blackmans in Tottenham.

Kath was tired by the end of all this but was very happy and thanked the staff for making her feel so very special on this her very special Birthday!!

Birthday piano sing-a-long for Kath!

Eileen made a new friend when she met Dianne during the sing-a-long.

Beryl enjoyed the singing too.

Mackenzie even danced an impromptu jig for us!

Kath opens her special picture!

Kath with her huge card!

Everyone enjoys a special high tea!

Giant Crossword time.

Kath is presented with her fabulous cake!

Kath’s cake and Cheers!

Everyone toasts Kath!

Kath receives flowers and with her ‘Life Story!’

Finally on Sunday 4th. April we enjoyed a balloon bounce and a word search before settling down to a Easter Sunday afternoon film.

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