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Easter

April 15th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Easter has come and gone. We waved goodbye to our 10 chickens, off to a happy farm life. We have made some new friends, Clive stayed for some respite and Nan has come to try us out for size and fit. She quickly settled in and has made friends with Pauline and offered to help with the washing up. Her offer was accepted and short work was made of the afternoon tea cups.

Our decision to try and keep a bed available that can be booked for respite is working amazingly well, with regulars taking up the offer and making repeat visits. As the closure of day care at Nettleham gets closer we have had some enquiries for day care as well.

We look forward to the weather warming up and the residents being able to get out in the garden

Happy Chicks

April 5th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events | Vacancies - (0 Comments)

Residents are currently get a lot of pleasure watching chicks hatch and grow. 11 eggs have incubated and hatched in the last day or so. We have also had craft time with Clare, where some residents made wool pictures which are now on display in the dining room. The Soundlincs workshops are going well, we are on week four and music is being made. The other activity this week has been watercolouring. Monica has done a wonderful picture of poppies, with a little help from Val and our visiting artist.

We have staff vacancies on night duty – a carer with experience is preferred for this position. We are also looking for a housekeeper. Please contact us for more details and an application form.

March

March 24th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

At the end of March Helen will be retiring. Helen has worked as a senior carer at Willan on both days and nights. We wish her well. Residents presented her with a bouquet and enjoyed cake and bucks fizz for afternoon tea on her last day shift.

Soundlincs are working with residents for six weeks. Music workshops each week are opportunites not only to listen to music but also to create their own sounds and beat – two down, four more to go and each one gets better! We have an art session with water colour paints and flower arranging.

Lincoln County Council are closing one of their centres in Nettleham and we attended a market place event at the end of February. We gave out brochures and explained services available. Its a short journey from Stainfield to Nettleham, largely traffic free which is a great boon these days. We are only  a few minutes from Fiskerton and Cherry Willingham making us an alternative for day care. Respite bookings are increasing and coming not just from local people. One lady travels from Ruskington to stay with us, and another is coming from Lincoln on a regular basis.

We are looking forward to Happy Chicks coming, and will be watching the hatching in Holy Week.

 

5 Stars

February 25th, 2012 | Posted by Willan House in Events - (0 Comments)

In January 2012 we retained our 5 star environmental health award after an inspection by West Lindsey.

We experienced a power failure in the Stainfield and Bardney area on the coldest night of the year in February. Staff and owners implemented the emergency plans when the power company could not predict a time for power to be restored. A generator was hooked up and before most of the residents got up the house was fully functional with heat, light and cooking facilities working as normal.

 

New Website

September 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Willan House in Vacancies - (0 Comments)

I am just trying to get to grips with my new website, feel free to send me some comments.

We are currently receiving enquiries for respite care and day care. If you are interested in these services please get intouch, either via email or phone. It would be helpful to see what the level of demand is. Currently we have one vacancy.

We do not have a designated respite bed so respite is only available if a room is free. Day care can be an option for those who live fairly near, with hours negotiable, perhaps having to fit around work or a particular appointment.

 

August

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Willan House in Events | Visits - (0 Comments)

We have enjoyed the music from class 3 of Bardney primary school who came and performed for us before the end of term. 25 children and the grown-ups who drove them all piled into the sitting room and we had half an hour of wonderful singing.

The reward was squash and fairy cakes and a promise to invite the school back at Christmas. It was lovely to see the children mix with the residents, some renewing old acquaintances and others coming in to the home for the first time.

We had a 5 generation photograph the other day as Jessie’s family arrived with children grandchildren and great grandchildren. We managed to get everyone in and Jessie is holding her youngest great grandchild.

Alf has also posed for pictures with his great grandson – beautiful he said, isn’t he strong, my what a grip, as the baby clutched on to his finger.

Our newest resident was pleased with her first few days at Willan. ‘The people here are lovely’. Coming into a home is always stressful, but we try to make things as simple as we can, and sometimes it works! It can take 3 -6 months for some to settle and it is always important to maintain links with family and friends.

Posts disappearing again

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Willan House in Inside | Staff | Vacancies - (0 Comments)

Well I apoligise, but my posts appear and then disappear!

We currently have one vacancy at Willan House.

We are decorating the halls and corridors in July to freshen the house up.

Staff have been working hard and 2 have recently completed Health and Social Care NVQ – one at level 2 and one at level 3. Bonnie has completed her Professional Cookery award.

One family described our care recently as ‘exemplary’, their father having lived with us for 7 years. Another family have expressed gratitude that their relative was home, after a difficult time in hospital.

Visiting professional commented that he ‘ could think of nothing that was needed to improve the quality of care at Willan House’