Portland Nursing Home Autumn news round-up

The residents and care team at The Portland Nursing Home have had a busy few months of events, activities and excitement.

World Alzheimer’s Month, National Baking Week and Bonfire Night are just some of the events that everyone at the home has been getting involved with. 

The Portland calendar is always busy, packing in meaningful activities and celebrations to keep its residents engaged and stimulated. Part of providing great dementia care, and in fact any elderly care, is delivering regular and interesting things to do. Keeping your mind and body busy when you have dementia has a number of benefits, and really contributes to the person’s physical and mental welfare.

These benefits include: stimulating cognitive function, building a sense of productivity and achievement and providing a source of focus which can give someone living with dementia something to think about and look forward to.

Here are some of the top events and activities that have been taking place at The Portland Nursing Home in Buxton this autumn:

Local interaction

The Year 2 class of a local primary school sent a very special delivery to the lovely residents of The Portland Nursing Home. To celebrate Harvest Festival, the residents and staff received handmade harvest basket cards which showed the children’s excellent crafting abilities, and showing a great selection of autumnal, British veg! It was a real pleasure for the residents to receive something hand-made by local children.

 

Harvest cards haven’t been the only postal delivery this autumn. At the end of September the members of the local parish sent postcards from their recent visits to Blackpool and other places. Having something new, different and gifted was another great experience for the residents. They enjoyed learning about local people’s lives and reading about what they had been up to. 

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Earlier in the autumn, everyone at Portland had a wonderful day raising money in support of Macmillan Cancer Support by hosting a coffee morning.

Macmillan is a charity which both the staff and residents feel very strongly about supporting, and so it was a lovely gesture to host the coffee and cake morning to support them.

The cook who works in the residential home in Derbyshire made a selection of lovely, little cakes and hot drinks for the residents to enjoy after their lunch. The cakes and goodies went down a storm as you can see in the photos from the morning.

If you would like to donate to The Portland Care Home’s Macmillan fundraising morning you can still do so here: https://thyg.uk/BUU005092211  

Keeping crafty

Engaging activities such as crafting can be really beneficial for someone living with dementia. It can provide a welcome distraction, avert challenging behaviour and improve someone’s quality of life. Throughout the autumn months the residents have been engaged in a real variety of crafty activities and got lots to show for their hard work and creativity over the last few months,

Residents at The Portland Nursing Home have tried their hand at watercolours, decorating cakes with icing, spooky halloween pictures and crafting an entire tree complete with decorative owls. 

The staff and residents love keeping busy. The different levels of entertainment and different activities are a great way to keep residents – especially those living with dementia – stimulated and engaged in day-to-day life,

The Portland Nursing Home provides specialist dementia and nursing care at its comfortable home in Buxton, Derbyshire. To keep up to date on everything going on in the home you can like the Facebook page @PortlandNursingHome or call the team for more information on 01298 23040. 

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