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Welcoming children into the care home (with free guide!)

Child visiting relativeOver the years we’ve had a relationship with different groups of young people in our care home but we had lost contact with them, so we decided to start to build the links up again. It wasn’t completely straightforward – when we first started to try to find groups to link with some of them said that they had other things going on and weren’t able to commit to visits, even not very often. But we’ve kept trying and now have a good relationship with our local Girl Guides and Scouts, and different age groups from schools, who all visit the home regularly.

One thing that’s worked really well has been coordinating with the school about what the children are working on and building in the care home visit opportunity. For example, our Activities Coordinator went in to visit the primary school children beforehand and read the group a story designed to help children understand people with dementia. Then they had a group activity drawing pictures of their grannies and grandads for a display in the front of the care home, which was waiting for them when they arrived. Continue Reading

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Commemorating and forgiving with residents and the local community

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A manager shares plans for a really special event commemorating residents’ memories and the war experiences of them and and their families – with a theme of forgiveness.

It all started when our local MP realised that the children in our area didn’t really know that much about the history of the area and wanted to encourage them to do a school project. Our care home is actually built on former munitions factory land and of course lots of our residents have first-hand experience of what the war was like!

We decided that we wanted to do something a little bit different what you might expect from a war commemoration so we started thinking about a theme of forgiveness. After a quick Google search for ‘forgiveness’, we found out about The Forgiveness Project. They have already developed a pack for schools which they gave us to use so a lot of the work was done for us! Continue Reading

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Walk in your manager’s shoes for a day…

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Gillian is the manager of a small residential care home with 20 residents in Edinburgh.

My story to share is about something we call ‘Funday Friday’. One day a month, one of my team gets to walk in my shoes and be in charge of the care home for the day.

You might be responding the way my deputy did when I first told her – she thought it was the most ludicrous idea she’d ever heard. But we have a great team, very close knit and lots of them have worked in our care home for years, and they really deserve something to make them feel special. So eventually, I won her round!

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