Welcome to Portland Nursing Home’s festive round-up! In true Portland style the fun and festivities have shown no sign of stopping as we enter the run up to Christmas. Mental and physical stimulation is a big consideration at our nursing home in Buxton, which means busy calendars and lots to do, and December has been no exception.
Our Care Home Manager Kaye and the rest of the dedicated care team have ensured a lovely month of Christmas celebrations and community interaction.
At the end of November the residents enjoyed afternoon tea with cakes and fresh flowers. Tea parties at Portland are a great opportunity for all of the residents to come together for no reason other than to have a good chat and enjoy each others’ company.
Emilie Barnes, author of ‘If Teacups Could Talk’ and ‘More Hours in My Day’ wrote about tea parties in a way that relates so accurately to the Portland residents: “The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation. The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation. Even the tea itself–warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.”
The residents who attended the tea party said they loved spending time together and had a very enjoyable afternoon.
A sing and a dance with a local live performer
Local singer Steven Shaw came to visit all of the Portland nursing home residents on Wednesday 1st December, and gave them a brilliant show. He sang a mixture of classic and contemporary numbers, and had everyone’s toes tapping and arms swaying.
Singing always goes down a treat at Portland. Not only is singing together a lot of fun, but it can actually improve brain activity, bring that feel-good factor and positively change someone’s mood. It can be surprising to some that even those with advanced dementia can still remember the tunes, and even lyrics of songs from years gone by. There was a fantastic atmosphere amongst the residents, and everyone would like to say a big thank you to Steven!
On December 6th some of our residents and care team took to their feet to have a little dance to lift the mood and get active.
The staff played some good, old-fashioned war songs which provided residents with a lovely sense of nostalgia. If you head over to the Portland’s Facebook page you can see one of our residents and carers dancing to the classic ‘We’re Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line’, and having a lovely time. You can watch the video here: https://fb.watch/a0y5JdlRTw/
The run up to Christmas
On December 17th Portland’s residents and staff came together for their annual Christmas party. Everyone took to the festivities gladly, donning their best Christmas accessories and enjoying spending time together to celebrate the lovely occasion. The residents enjoyed a nibble on some festive treats, sang their favourite Christmas carols and even enjoyed a nice, cold glass of bubbly.
As the run up to the big day continues, the residents had a lovely surprise from a local school. A group of school children aged between 11-12 wrote some Christmas letters with decorations to wish everyone at Portland a very merry Christmas! There was a great selection of colours, illustrations and even funny anecdotes included in the letters which brought smiles to residents’ faces throughout the home.
There is seldom a dull day at Portland nursing home, between guests coming and going, live performances and homely celebrations, Care Home Manager Kaye and the team aim to deliver the highest quality of life possible to all of our residents.
Providing specialist dementia and nursing our home in Derbyshire provides an entirely bespoke package of care for all residents and prides itself on its rich culture and warm environment. To keep up to date with everything going on at The Portland Nursing Home you can follow our Facebook page @PortlandNursingHome or call the team for more information on 01298 23040.