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A Bit of a Do

December 18th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events - (0 Comments)

We have just tidied up after a Christmas family lunch which was well attended. Families joined residents for a lunch of chilli and rice, crusty bread and salad followed by cheesecake. It was great to see so many visitors.

Monday – David visited the residents today and those that wanted to worked with him to make Christmas cards to give to their family. A simple idea involving paint, paper and some wax meant that by the end of the afternoon we had some brilliant cards – just now need to write them, pop them in an envelope and there is something to give that shows the creative spirit is still strong.

 

Christmas is coming

December 12th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events - (0 Comments)

On Sunday we held our Christingle service. 34 residents, staff, families and friends attended what was a lovely service. Clare led the service of carols and we had readings of the Christmas story from those in the audience. We were spellbound by Allan’s contribution. As a resident he read the story of the shepherds, and made his own explanations and interpretation of the events. We had well known carols, with one resident providing the percussion in the form of clapping to the last verse of Hark the Herald Angels Sing – well we didn’ t have a full orchestra and he knew when to come in and how to raise the tempo – his love of music being clear for all to see and hear.

Clare, with a touch of the Blue Peter, explained how to make a christingle and staff and friends  helped the residents to make one each, lighting the candles for just long enough to let everyone enjoy the glow and flicker of the flames.

We look forward to our Family Lunch on Sunday, and the Christmas show next week.

Christmas is coming

November 26th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events - (0 Comments)

The residents have started making decorations for Christmas- snowflakes, paperchains and robins are planned. Even as I type there is a group hard at work folding wings for the birds. It won’t be long before we start our Christmas festivities. The second sunday in every month we hold a service, so the December one will be our Christingle service. This year we are planning a pantomime, school carol singers and a ‘Bit of a Do’.

October

October 29th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We currently have vacancies for respite care. Apparently the number of google requests for respite have ‘exploded’ in the last few weeks – or so I was told by a salesman. We have a designated respite bed that can be booked ahead of time.

Olympic Fever!

August 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events - (0 Comments)

It seems that the Olympic games have come to Willan. We had a domino championship which resulted in a gold medal for Monica, a clear winner then a nail biting round for silver and bronze – Phil was second, Jean came in third. Nan won gold in the shot put competition and we are now in training for the syncronised ribbon waving next week. – Think gymnastics without the gym!

Photos to follow.

Fish, Chips and Bingo

July 15th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events - (0 Comments)

The sun shone on Sunday, briefly and the residents enjoyed a freshly fried fish and chip dinner as a local fish and chip van took position in the car park. We were able to get the residents to the van to place their orders, and even had money to pay for their meal. Pre decimal coins changed hands as someone ordered threepence of fish and twopence of chips. Do you want that with mushy peas? Thats an extra halfpenny. Quick as a flash the resident turned to John and whipped an extra halfpenny from his hand!  Thank you to the Lincolnshire Fryer for setting up for us- to be able to eat really fresh hot fish and chips and savour the aroma is a real pleasure.  Today was possible thanks to the kind donations from the families  of both Ken Forster and Vina Ivett. Vina would have loved the pudding – meringue, strawberries and cream!

We followed the lunch up with bingo which everyone joined in, visitors included.  Effie, Nan and Jessie won prizes.

 

Resident’s Survey

July 6th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Inside - (0 Comments)

Residents have  completed a survey on the quality of life at Willan House. 9 forms were returned and we will shortly be publishing the findings. We were saddened to hear of the death of Daisy, one of our regular respite visitors and our condolences go to her family. We have some lovely memories of her doing the hokey-cokey at Jubilee weekend and we remember her poetry and her sense of humour as well.

We have alsot finished a six week session of craft work which has resulted in some amazing weaving by the residents. After the holiday break we will try and mount the pieces to create a wall hanging for display.

We have to wish for some dry comfortable weather, at the moment all the rain is playing havoc with outside activities, just to sit in the garden would be good without worrying about the wet and the humidity.

Training

June 14th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Staff - (0 Comments)

7 experienced staff enrolled on a Level 3 Certificate in End of Life Care and a further 7 staff started a Level 2 Certificate in the Safe Handling of Medicines.

Recent successes to celebrate include the completion by 2 carers of the Diploma in Health and Social Care QCF Level 3 – congratulations to Sharon and Michelle. 2 staff have finished their Level 2 Diploma – Val and Gail, all four staff members focussed on the Dementia pathway.

4 staff have completed NVQ level 2 in Team Leading, with 1 still working to complete Customer Service at Level 3.

 

Jubilee Celebrations

June 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events - (0 Comments)

On Saturday June 2nd we held a Jubilee ‘Bit of a Do’. Residents made bunting and paper chains to decorate the main rooms. Union Jack Bunting adorned the outside of the house. Bonnie produced cakes and pavlovas in the red white and blue colours and we had a fun lunch and an afternoon of music, chat and dancing. Clive found his memory of music returned as he sat at the piano for the first time in years to play a tune.

Thanks to the families who attended – David who helped with the decorations, Mike who organised tables and to staff Tracy, Diane and Fiona who kept the party going while maintaining their care as well.

May 2012

May 29th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events | Staff - (0 Comments)

At the beginning of May Eileen announced that she was going to retire after 14 years at Willan House. We wish her well, she plans to do her garden, rest and generally enjoy her hobbies. She will be greatly missed by staff and residents. Sue has also decided to retire. Although they will both be hard acts to follow we have managed to recruit to replace them!

Sadly in May two residents died. Both these residents were big characters and have been part of Willan House for a number of years. Our thoughts are with their families as they mourn their loss and we are pleased that they regarded Willan House as their home.

Craft sessions have been going well, with Val and Clare. Residents have been weaving and creating wool wrap pictures. There has also been a hive of industry producing yards of bunting and red white and blue paper chains for the Jubilee weekend.

We have welcomed some new faces for day care now that Linelands has finally closed. The respite bed is fully booked in June, and with only a few days left in July. Phone for more information.