May Activities at Cedars Care Group Homes
From bread baking and Dementia Awareness events to day trips to the local garden centre, the month of May has been ram packed at Cedars Care Group care homes across the UK. Here are some of the month’s highlights:
May means birds and bees and flowers in the lovely weather. At our East Sussex care home, Cedarwood House, Lucy, our Home Manager, and resident Rose, took trip to Blackbrooks Garden Centre to purchase some new flowers to add brightness to the lovely weater we’ve been enjoying in our garden. But no trip is complete without a pit stop for lunch… and it seems Lucy and Rose also got a bit carried away window shopping on their way back.
May means verdant gardens. At our Southport care home, Cedar Grange, some of our residents have made horticulture a regular activity, and can often be found in the garden their favourite flowers and plants. At the start of the month residents and staff alike were thrilled to see our leaves and shoots sprouting in the vegetable patch they’ve been tending since February. We have carrots, beetroot, parsnips and a big pile of rhubarb.
A big well done and thank you to Ken, who initiated the patch but who recently left Cedar Grange, and also to Mary, Neville, Catherine, Anne and Shirley, who have helped maintain it over the months.
May means Dementia Awareness week. Many of our homes held events to join the nationwide effort to raise funds and awareness of dementia. At our North Somerset care home, Ellenborough, we enjoyed a wonderful coffee morning, which was attended by many resident family members, as well as the North Somerset Council Brokerage Team.
Staff were pleased to show the brokerage team members around the our home, and then we all enjoyed fine cakes and tea and coffee, served on our very best china. A special thanks goes out to Naomi and Jenny for greeting our visitors and making them feel very welcome. Cedar Grange Care Centre, who also organised a cream tea afternoon for the occasion tried to outdo Ellenborough with their mouth watering assortment of the most delectable cakes, piled with cream and berries. We aren’t sure which homes was the best, but we certainly enjoyed all the food.
May means watching baby animals grow, and we’ve had our fair share of this at two of our care homes this month. At Cedarwood House, our chicks, which hatched in April, have already grown into proud chickens, and are enjoying their new coop. At Cedar Grange Care Centre, those ducklings that stole everyone’s hearts earlier in April, are now waddling about our garden as beautiful ducks. We can’t help but get teary eyed to see them so.
May means spring showers, but nothing dampens our mood. When the weather unexpectedly turned for us here in Merseyside, our residents and staff at Cedar Grange rolled up their sleeves and enjoyed an afternoon of bread making. It was such a joy to enjoy the smell of freshly baked bread when our bread rolls were done, and we enjoyed them thoroughly with some delicious soup.