Today Mr Softee the Ice Cream Van visited us while the sun was shining. Everyone was so happy. This started us reminiscing about summers and family holiday. Also our memories of the tunes with which the ice cream van would announce its arrival. But most of all we enjoyed all getting out into the sunshine and enjoying an ice cream.
Scary, intimidating, confusing and a feeling of vulnerability the Virtual Dementia Tour is a ‘must have’ training for every care professional or family member who wants to understand dementia by walking in the shoes of a person with the disease.
This week we welcomed the Virtual Dementia Tour to Woodleighcare and offered the experience to all staff, relatives and other professionals who support our residents.
The feedback was incredible! – “I had not understood what it really felt like”. “I understand so much better now.”
It has now been published that dementia kills more people than Heart Disease or Cancer and therefore is the largest cause of death in the UK. Indeed statistics show that one in three people that were born in the UK in 2015 are expected to die from dementia. With these statistics, it is vital that we continually improve the quality of training and start to focus on what dementia is like for the person rather than just the care giver. The Virtual Dementia Tour was invented 20 years ago in America by world renowned professional PK Beville . The Virtual Dementia Tour is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest that we can give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like.
On Wednesday 1st May we were joined by the Mobile Mini Zoo. They brought in lots of animals for us to hold and cuddle. Spiders, tortoises, lizards, skunks!! Everyone absolutely loved the experience and couldn’t wait to hold each animal. We can’t wait for them to visit us again.
Easter is a time for celebration for everyone. Every resident and member of staff have received an Easter Egg and all families and friends are invited to join in the celebrations over the Easter period.
Our chaplain, Helen Curzon, led services on Good Friday and Easter Day at both Woodleigh Christian Care Home and Baily House.
On Sunday we were joined by Rev Linda and Helen for our Easter service followed by communion.
At Baily House Helen was joined by the Rev Bob Jones to lead communion.
In March we built a new relationship with a group called the ArtVenturers which is run by a lady called Stacey. They come in every Friday morning and join us for Messy Play: singing, dancing and just have lots of fun! This is another one of our intergenerational activities that we have at Baily House. We also have our regular “Cuddle and Cake” and visits from nurseries such as Sunnydale and Cherubs.