We held the annual Elf-Day on 6th December and every single staff member dressed up for the day and the residents loved it!
We spent the this week starting on the 25th November decorating our home. This year is the most Christmassy it has ever looked. Everyone has loved being a part of it. We have had comments from visitors, residents and healthcare professionals telling us just how lovely our home looks this Christmas.
We made some wreaths for our home and the upcoming Christmas Fayre. Everyone really enjoyed making them and we even enjoyed a tipple from the bar after all of our hard work!
We received some eggs and an incubator from The Living Egg company and over the next few days we have watched the eggs hatch. We have watched them grow and they have now all been named. We have Hope, Florence, Henrietta, Beatrice, Egglin and Dollie. They will be introduced to the outside world from the w/c 23rd December.
The residents of Woodleighcare`s Baily House Care Home were delighted, though not at all surprised, that their home is rated as “outstanding” in their latest inspection by CQC.
Ashley Baird, the home manager said “We were overwhelmed at the feedback from the inspectors. The staff have worked so hard to make Baily House a warm, welcoming and safe home that is full of laughter and care. So, it was wonderful to hear that the inspectors had seen this as well.”
For example, inspectors said they saw “many examples of outstanding activities that included bringing in a mini zoo for a person who loved animals, providing a piano for a person who had previously been a music teacher which improved their mood…. We also received moving feedback from a relative whose family member was supported to play pool at a local club regularly and the impact this made on their emotional well-being”
The inspectors also observed that: “The service was caring” and that “Staff had created a relaxed and friendly home.”
The wide range of activities are amazing and include a weekly cuddle and cake group had been set up where mothers and babies visited Baily House each week. One parent said, “The staff make us feel like we are family. I’ve told a lot of friends and family about these sessions as it’s the best feeling seeing the residents faces light up when they see the babies and children.”
There is also a weekly community choir and an intergenerational art class, supported by volunteers.
The home`s own chaplain is always available – leading the singing at the community choir, leading services and most importantly supporting the whole family through difficult times.
John Walton, the owner of Baily House said: “This recognition is absolutely thrilling. We have always known that Baily House is extra special – so to receive the outstanding rating is a real red-letter day. We are so proud of the whole team as each one of them plays a vital and important role, and of our volunteers who have bundles of energy to.”