Posted 01/09/2016 - By: Netmatters Support
Welcome to the first Oasis Care Group Newsletter. We want to use this opportunity to keep you up to date with the main news from Care Homes, to notify you of forthcoming events and to update you on fund raising progress towards the purchase of a minibus. There will be several regular features – Mike and Nadia Paneandee’s column, Lorraine’s Activity news, photos supplied by courtesy of Mr Derek Darby (our resident photographer), birthday celebration news, a ‘Spotlight on a resident’ section and feedback from Inspection visits.
We aim to send out quarterly newsletters – January, April, July and October – either with the Invoice run or direct via email. It would be very useful, if you were willing to provide us with your current email address, to respond to Sarah Smith (PA to Mike Paneandee) on the email address at the bottom of this newsletter.
Firstly, Nadia and I, want to say a massive thank our staff in all four homes, who have worked so hard to maintain the standards of care we expect, to undertake extra responsibilities when asked, overtime as and when necessary and to keep the general morale going despite the difficulties over the past few months. We really appreciate their efforts and acknowledge their dedication has enabled us to maintain standards of care.
We also want to “Thank you” to
all the relatives and friends who have participated with recent activities, who
support staff and who play an important part in the life of the homes. We are
in the process of filling vacancies – both residents staff are excited at the proposed
improvements mentioned in this newsletter. We both thoroughly enjoyed the
Strawberry teas and we have been very impressed with the amount of money
already raised for the minibus fund. We are looking forward to the 8 coffee
mornings and all the Christmas festivities.
As some of you may know, Lorraine Tyler is now our new Activity Coordinator Manager and has responsibility for liaising with the Activity Coordinators in each of the four Homes to ensure consistency in the Activities programmes and to introduce new ideas, such as armchair exercises which will be fun while helping to keep residents as active as possible. Another of her tasks will be to work with the Activity Coordinators to devise individual activities for those residents who either choose not to participate or can no longer join in group activities. These individual activities may include hand massage, listening to favourite music or helping a resident walk in the garden.
We have decided to
improve on our ‘Life Story’ work with residents to make sure that the care we
provide is as ‘person-centred’ as possible. Activity Coordinators and staff
will gradually be working with those residents who can and wish to complete
their own Life Story or will be starting to contact families and friends for
assistance in completing the Life Story. The new Life Story format is more
detailed than before which we hope will provide staff with a comprehensive
picture of the resident including family details. Obviously, once completed we
would hope that relatives and friends will then help us keep the Life Story up
to date by informing us of new grand or great grandchildren etc. Some residents
may choose to complement their Life Story with a Memory Box containing photos,
special items or other memorabilia that the resident cherishes.
Lorraine was also behind the Strawberry Teas – she successfully persuaded the cooks to make hundreds of scones, dressed up as the ‘Chief Strawberry’, encouraged staff and relatives to join in with the residents who clearly enjoyed the fun and raised £53.80 at High Pines, £110. 50 at Lyndhurst,and £26.50 at Tarry’s. With a very generous donation of £20 from a resident, a wonderful donation of £200 from a relative and £39.40 that Lorraine raised at her ‘Regatta Sale’, the grand total, as of today, stands at £487.20 which will go into the Minibus fund.
Picture with kind permission of Derek Darby- our volunteer Photographer
Mr Darby took photos at each of the Strawberry teas which have been reprinted and have been pinned to photo boards in each of the Homes. Please let Sarah or Lorraine know if you would like copies which will be at a donation of £1.00
Picture with kind permission of Hilda Simpson
Another major change will be the introduction of the Key Worker system in the care Homes. This is going to take several months to introduce across the four homes as we need to ensure that all staff receive appropriate training before being allocated key residents. January’s Newsletter will contain an article on the progress of this new way of working.
Dates for your Diary.
Halloween ‘Coffee and Spooks Cake’
High Pines – 26th October 2016
Lyndhurst – 31st October 2016
Tarry’s – 28th October 2016
All start at 10.00am
Christmas Coffee and Mince Pies
Lyndhurst – 15th December 2016
Tarry’s – 8th December 2016
High Pines – 6th December 2016
At every Coffee morning we will ask for a minimum donation of £1.50 but will happily accept more! Although there will be no charge for relatives and friends attending the Parties, the Activity Coordinators in each Home will be organising a Christmas Raffle so any prizes you wish to donate will be gratefully received.
Christmas Party dates: -
Tarrys – 1.30pm & High Pines 3.30pm
Residents and Relatives Meetings
Please attend if possible as we want to show relatives and friends that we value your comments, opinions and suggestions. Another way of listening to relatives and friends is by sending out a new Quality Assurance form asking for your feedback. We are working on a new design for the form and will make sure that Mike and Nadia use their ‘column’ to feedback on suggestions made. Finally, we now have ‘Comment’s Books in all of the Homes so would appreciate visitors taking the time to add comments, especially if they have enjoyed participating in activities.