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.
Caherass staff, from nursing and carers to kitchen and housekeeping, have a very special relationship with all the residents they care for, and with their families. Sinead O'Donoghue, highly valued Clinical Nurse Manager at Caherass Nursing Home, pursued the inclusion of Caherass Nursing Home in the Irish Hospice Foundation Journey of Change Programme, with the overall goal of strengthening that relationship, improving end of life care for residents in the home, and supporting staff in developing their competencies in end of life care.
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.
Millrace Nursing Home's new Director of Nursing, Rory Douglas, and his new care team, celebrated the official launch of their 'New Chapter New Team' on Tuesday 8th November, with residents, family and friends. Councillor Donal Burke, Cathaoirleach Ballinasloe Municipal District, officiated at the 'New Chapter New Team' ceremony, together with Pat Shanahan, Executive Chairman of Mowlam Healthcare.
Residents at The Park Nursing Home Limerick, stayed up well past bedtime lastnight to enjoy wonderful music by Dr Ray O'Connor and his traditional Irish band.... some families and grandchildren of our residents stayed to enjoy the music too. Residents are still raving about it this morning. Wonderful Night!
Playing cards is a lifelong pursuit that is enjoyed at Mowlam Healthcare nursing homes, around the country. While being great for exercising the mind, our card playing residents love a healthy dose of competition and socialising together, as they did right from their youth. Photographed here are residents Alli and Ester who love nothing more than spending an afternoon at Archersrath Nursing Home, Kilkenny, happily playing and chatting away.
Nursing home staff and residents, together with family and friends, enjoyed a fun filled weekend of Halloween mischief and spookery. Homes were decorated, staff, volunteers, and residents dressed up, pumpkins were carved and ghoulish crafts were enjoyed. And of course devilishly delicious fresh Halloween treats were made, decorated and devoured!