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Staff at Cloverlodge Nursing Home hosted a Charity ‘Mannequin Challenge’ to raise awareness and money for Offaly Hospice and North Tipperary Hospice, on Tuesday 17th January. The evening was such great fun some of the residents decided to join in. This Cloverlodge community initiative is all about bringing everyone together to hold [...]
Moycullen nursing home is where we reside, we being a colourful group of residents, all shapes, sizes and vintages, hailing from many parts of Galway and its wider environs. As a group of residents we enjoy Christmas time here, feeling safely cared for by our friends, the staff. Our Christmas’ spent here are ones of kindness, togetherness and are always Christmas’ of remembrances and sincerity.
November is a special month for the majority of our homes around the country - it's when we pause to reflect and pray together for our beloved residents who passed away during the year. Our Remembrance Masses are deeply emotional but beautifully healing occasions for residents, families of the deceased, and nursing home staff. Every home [...]
Animals and pets are always a very welcome distraction for our residents at Millhouse Care Centre. It's win win every time we have a four legged friend pay us a visit - they bring such simple joy into our days, and help our residents stay connected with their lives before they moved to Millhouse, and their community. One of our most successful pet visits was when we welcomed a precious pink piggy into our home - her mere presence lifted residents and staff alike, and was the topic of conversation long after she trotted out the door.
Cupcakes are the quintessential treat for any time of year - and oh how our residents love baking them, and eating them. Yum! Baking is a very popular and engaging activity here at Killarney Nursing Home that also doubles as a physical activity, since it requires some hand dexterity and provides a fun opportunity for residents to socialise and share a laugh as they mix, mix, mix. Today we made cupcakes and resident John had such a laugh blending the ingredients before handing over to Chef Annette. They didn't last long out of the oven before all that was left were crumbs!
This photo of our 'Rose of St Martha's' says everything about our philosophy of care, The Mowlam Way - Enhancing the Quality of Life for Our Older Residents. We like to celebrate the positivity of nursing home care throughout the year at St Martha's Nursing Home. Regular celebrations include live music and dancing, seasonal parties, birthdays, family days and outings. One of the more novel celebrations we host is the Rose of St Martha's party, and everyone loves to get involved - from the nominating, to the voting and of course the crowing of our precious Rose.
Three 'young at heart' residents enjoyed a special and laugh-out-loud evening outing at the Odeon Cinema in Castletroy Limerick. Residents Antoinette Kelly, Nuala O'Brien, and Claire McMahon went to see Bridget Jones's Baby, in the company of carer Siobhan McArthur, and clinical nurse manager Mary O'Connell. The Odeon very generously gave us complimentary tickets and the team there couldn't have been more welcoming - they were wonderful to us. Antoinette, Nuala and Claire loved being made feel special, and enjoyed wine and coffee before the film.
Our Activities Co-Ordinators, Noreen Ryan and Tracey Chapman, are dedicated to organising interesting, stimulating and relevant social activities for our residents. The weekly programme is resident-led and everyone is encouraged to participate. One of the most popular activities is the Word Wheel on Thursdays - and there's no doubting who the Queen of the Wheel is – it is of course beloved resident Bridget Brazil, photographed below. As well as being good fun word games can be highly successful for our residents on a cognitive level.
At Adare and District Nursing Home Memory Care Centre one activity that is best loved by all residents is incubating eggs, and watching them hatch into baby chicks. One of our residents, Kathleen, loves the job of each day ticking another day off the incubator calendar, as we all wait patiently for 28 days for the first signs that the eggs are beginning to crack! The excitement and buzz in the home, between residents, staff and families, when hatching is underway, is fantastic - as we all take turns in holding and cuddling the precious fluffy chicks.