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These days traditional families can be separated by distance or time, but programmes that bring children and older adults together could change moods, outlooks on life and improve overall well-being of everyone involved. Children are the worlds' future but that doesn't mean we should consign older generations to the past. At The Grange we always welcome the younger generation into our home offering planned play dates, parties and one to one visits.
The Grange held a food tasting event for residents as part of the Indian Independence week celebrations. For residents who may be losing interest in food and participating in mealtimes – an activity that focuses on stimulating the senses can provide the key to encouraging them to eat or being able to enjoy food again. For some, an activity that encourages sharing of memories related to food may be a powerful and positive experience. Residents enjoyed a tasting menu including; chicken...
As we get older it becomes even more important to remain active, to stay healthy and maintain our independence. Resident's enjoyed playing a game of indoor hockey as part of Indian Independence week and it is a fun way to stay active while having fun.
This week residents at The Grange are celebrating Indian Independence Week. The activity girls dressed in stunning Sarees, hot off the plane from India and lent to them by one of the Nurses. Residents where amazed by the colours and the feel of the fabrics. The interactive Tea trolley played lively fun Bollywood music as it visited all the residents serving hot teas and coffee, it was great to see residents danced along to the beat.
As part of our International Beer Week Celebrations a small group of residents enjoyed a pint of larger in the sun down the local pub.
This week residents at The Grange took part in 'The week of Arts' this is a creative week of self-expression. We asked for volunteers as well as hiring in the professionals, the week was jam packed with fun an exciting art related activity. Residents enjoyed getting creative with flower arranging, getting their hand dirty with painting, sticky with collage and so much more. We are immensely proud of all the residents who took part in 'The Week of Arts'. We thank the many...
With summer temperatures soaring, many residents have been taking advantage of our home's extensive outdoor space, relaxing with a spot of gardening, or simply enjoying their surroundings. Residents here at The Grange enjoyed an impromptu paddling pool party, complete with fruit coolers and ice cream, to enjoy in the summer heatwave. After an appeal to find and contact the local ice-cream man to pay us a visit here at The Grange (With no luck), the wonderful Chelsea went out of her way and...
Our lovely residents at The Grange worked together and created beautiful hung butterfly feeder ready for the afternoons Big Butterfly Count. The summer sun shone, and residents loved sitting out watching the butterflies dance around the garden.
Beautiful fresh baked cake for a special ladies birthday.
We host weekly Musical Moments sessions at The Grange and music and movement is a guaranteed pairing for fun and laughter. Our residents always look forward to this regular activity and as you can see, we all get into the swing of it during these
To celebrate Bastille Day "la Fête nationale", residents at The Grange enjoyed a fun-filled week with French themed quiz's, fancy dress and a brief history lesson. They then set about making French flags for Thursday Celebrations. Jimmy Entertained residents with his stunning voice and French classic songs! The home was filled with song and laughter.
Our amazing activity team hosted another fabulous Wimbledon Tennis interactive trolley. Adorned in their finest Tennis outfits the girls visited each resident singing as they went. The residents got involved singing and dancing along before enjoying fresh British Strawberries and double cream. "it's like we are at Wimbledon sat on Henman Hill" – Resident.
Residents really enjoyed helping the chef this morning by working together to cut up enough strawberries for everybody to enjoy later, maintaining independence and providing mental well-being is at the heart of all activities here at The Grange.
Celebrating National Chocolate Day, The Grange hosted a WHANGDOODLY Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon Garden Party. Residents raised their fine bone china cup in celebration, with the warm weather and melting chocolate everybody enjoyed the selection of ice-creams and chocolatey toppings. The garden was transformed into The Chocolate factory itself, with handmade giant sweets and lollipops, beautifully created by residents. Willy Wonka lent us his chief Umpa Lumpa Natalia, she...
The benefits of gardening for the elderly is vast. It's an enjoyable, gentle form of exercise that helps increase levels of physical activity, it helps mobility and encourages the use of all motor skills. Gardening can also help reduce stress levels, promote relaxation and it provides mental stimulation and interest in nature and the outdoors. Here at The Grange, we put the happiness of our residents first and for the residents who naturally enjoy gardening, this is an easy choice. We encourage...
We believe in any excuse for our residents to enjoy themselves, so we celebrate themed events throughout the year. Our Annual Garden Party is the highlight! MORE than 160 people attended the Wild West annual summer party at The Grange Retirement Home. We held the celebration in our beautiful Garden in glorious sunshine. Thank You Everybody who joined us yesterday (Saturday 29th June). Guests were welcomed into the Wild West Party by a beautiful Cowgirl on stilts. Visitors and staff got...
The Activity Team pulled out all the stops to make sure our residents enjoyed some special treats to mark Fathers' Day. The 'Grandad Special' interactive tea trolley was decorated in Fathers' day banners and classic pub songs played, as the trolley went floor by floor. The girls took inspiration from the older generation, dressed in trousers, shirt and braces not forgetting the all-important flat cap. George (Carol) and Norman (Bryony) visited each resident singing as they went,...
We really promote healthy lifestyles here at The Grange as it is so important for everyone's well-being to live well and be active so that is why we bring the benefits of a local gym to our residents. Exercise not only improves physical fitness and mobility which can help people to maintain independence, but also has proven benefits to improve sleep, social interaction, confidence, self-esteem and mood for residents.
The Grange transported residents back to 1944, to celebrate 75 years of the D Day landing. The interactive tea trolley was decorated in union jacks, joyful songs from the era played, as the trolley went floor by floor. Many of our residents fought and lived through World War II and enjoyed sharing their war time memories, along with laughing at the fancy dress worn by staff.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings, staff members dressed in period civilian and military costume dating back to the 1940s! After a fun filled morning residents enjoyed a lively performance of 1940s songs and memories from singer and entertainer Emma. We are home to a large number of residents who have close connections to World War II, everybody enjoyed listening to stories and sharing their own, it was a day of laughter, tears and memories.
The 1940's week began with a day making wooden spoon dolls using paper decorated and printed with 1940's pattern. Those residents unable to make the dolls themselves they were involved by instructing on how they wanted the clothes to look and flow. Hair styles colours etc.
Residents are making the most of the warm weather, sitting out in the beautiful garden enjoying a choc ice
The sights and sounds of the 1960's were back in vogue as The Grange tuned into a fun week of reminiscence. To end the week in style residents and staff got into the spirit of peace, love and flower power by donning Carnaby Street and hippy-style fashions while singer Spencer performed pop hits from the decade. The songs brought back many memories for everybody.
Our amazing activity team hosted their first interactive tea trolley 1960's style. Adorned in fabulous 60's style the Hippie Girls visited each resident singing as they went, the home was filled with sounds of the swinging 60's, residents got involved singing and dancing along. A fun twist on the afternoon tea round.
Activities of a creative nature focus on stimulation to bring joy, lift one's spirit, and results in feelings of purpose and accomplishment.
Knitting has a measurable effect on calming anxiety and relieving stress. A strong connection between knitting and feelings of calm and happiness reports have found knitting to be as relaxing as yoga and a great opportunity for our residents to get creativity. Residents really enjoyed making Ojo de Dios as part of Mexican week.
We love having entertainers visit us here at The Grange, and today we had the pleasure of Beth from "Musical Moments". Beth was enthusiastic, bubbly and resident warmed to her straight away. The session contained a variety of different music, that suited everyone's taste; every resident was given the opportunity to sing, move and play instruments. We are looking forwards to seeing Beth weekly for Musical Moment sessions.
Inspired by the likes of this year's Brit Awards, BAFTA's, and The Oscars, The Grange hosted their very own Award Ceremony, "The Grange Golden Choice Awards'. The activity staff at The Grange worked tirelessly in order to make the home look as glamorous as possible, from decorating the room with a variety of props to the iconic red carpet. This was a true V.I.P event! Residents moulded clay roses and leaves then painting them gold to be used as part of the beautiful award certificates. With...
Residents were treated to a surprise visit from the Easter bunny, who delivered chocolate eggs and big smiles.
Residents at The Grange celebrated Easter Sunday in style with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Our activity Team and volunteers took the opportunity to dress up as Alice in Wonderland characters. Residents and families enjoyed live music from entertainer Terry while tucking in to scones and cakes in the glorious sunshine. The Queen of hearts set up her Royal Croquet Court for all to enjoy, the Cheshire Cat judged the family egg and spoon race, whilst the White Rabbit and Mad hatter entertained...
Residents at The Grange enjoyed a morning making some of their favourite treats from childhood –crispy cakes. Our cookery session was a chance to get together for some social time and have fun working with chocolate – a perfect combination!
Congratulations to Stella our head of house keeping on 10 years of loyal service at The Grange. Since starting Stella has worked across all sectors of the home starting as a cleaner, general assistant, a heath care assistant, and has gone full circle. Thankyou!
Today we celebrated the lovely Jane who has been a Day Health Care Assistant for 17years. We thanked her for many years of support and hard work.
It was a four-legged frenzy at The Grange on this beautiful day, the first ever Dog Show event was enjoyed by residents, relatives and staff alike. It was great to see dogs befriend one another, Residents enjoyed watching the dogs show off their tricks for a treat or two. With seven categories including best dressed and wiggliest tail the home was buzzing with activity. Residents picked the top three dogs of the day to win doggy bags of treats and toys. We are pleased to announce that in...
Residents immersed themselves in the past when we took a trip to Milestones Museum. Exploring the Victorian cobbled streets, shops and buildings to discover how people used to live. Residents brought a ration of sweets from our 1940's sweet shop, viewed the immaculate unique collection of vintage steam and motor vehicles and had lots of fun on the penny arcade! The whole trip brought back many memories of holidays down by the coast and family memories from cameras to toys.
Art Therapy is a form of creative expression, using a wide mix of art mediums. It was great to see residents get lost in their work, being fully relaxed and just enjoying the movement, colours and shapes while building up self esteem along the way.
Residents and Staff were so excited to meet the beautiful baby Jack today when Nurse Nicky popped in to The Grange.
Residents at The Grange gathered together to mark Mother's Day with a special Sunday lunch with their families.
Even with this week's surprisingly windy, wet weather, signs of spring are coming up all over! From forsythia to daffodils, flowers are a sure sign of the sunny days to come and a delight for all. And, for seniors, the presence of flowers has added benefits; A beautiful arrangement is a unique accomplishment that residents can keep and be proud of. Arranging flowers with others is a relaxing, low pressure way to socialise and get to know new people.
Residents at The Grange got into the spirit of St Patrick's Day recently with a wide range of activities. Handmade decorations including shamrocks, pots of gold and leprechauns lined the walls and a special St Patrick's Day party was planned. Once the build-up to the day was complete, residents, staff and visitors enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment from one of their favourites Terry, who never fails to fill the dance floor. Residents wore fun St Patrick's day hats and enjoying an Irish...
The alternative attire of the team wasn't due to the staff sleeping through their alarm clocks but was thanks to their decision to do something funny for Red Nose Day 2019.
We gathered up a fair few players for our bowls tournament. There were some very close calls and tactical shots, everybody had a good time and laughed a lot. Contrary to appearances there are many health benefits to playing bowls. Lawn bowls is played for the challenge and competition, personal enjoyment, activity, the pleasure of spending time together and for social interaction. It is also a low-impact, therapeutic form of exercise. Health professionals recommend playing bowls,...
Regular engagement in a creative arts activity can have positive impacts on the physical health for residents. Resident's may be experiencing some frustrations with the age-related decline in their physical abilities. Participation in a creative arts program can provide them with a great way of letting out their feelings in a positive way.
Mental Well-being and Activity Programme - Week of superstitions!
Our latest trip has been to Brooklands Museum in Weybridge; the birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation. We were lucky enough to have one of our residents who guided us around the displays with his wonderful historical knowledge.
This week marks the last fall week before our amazing Deputy Manager, heads off on maternity leave to have her baby boy! We couldn't let her go without a proper send off, so we surprised Nicky with a great baby shower. Residents and staff enjoyed Baby Shower games such as who's who and baby bingo, Tea and donuts and lots of presents. everybody had a laugh and giggle. We all wish Nicky all the best and very much look forward to meeting baby Jack.
The dining room in The Grange was full to the brim, residents and guests came together for an afternoon of trivia fun. Everyone involved had a great time working as teams, answering movie themed questions and embracing a bit of friendly competition. The winning team of residents were delighted with their prizes. The quiz afternoons also provide a great opportunity for residents to socialise with other residents, staff and relatives of the home, helping to build a stronger community within...
Residents took part in a wonderful art class at The Grange run by activity coordinator Bryony. All residents that took part really enjoyed themselves and showed off their artistic skills, some relighting a passion for painting. "I am so impressed, I heard residents say they wouldn't be able to paint the dandelions at the start, but wow! everybody has painting stunning pictures, it's amazing the concentration they all had." – Visitor to the Grange
Residents and staff enjoyed singing together with the karaoke machine. Everyone had great fun blasting out war time pub tunes!
People with dementia can often remember the distant past more easily than recent events. A rummage box is a means of tapping into memories from the past, it is about reminiscence. The rummage box will be used as an activity, as a distraction, and therapeutically as a reminiscence tool. The memories have been triggered with residents as they cut out the printed vintage/ retro posters, some of the evoked memories for residents have been- the (original) product names to their signature scents...