Lucky Stars- collecting wishes for 2017
Hallmark Care Homes told us about their Christmas Lucky Star competition which encourages residents to make a wish for the coming year, write it on a star and place it on the Christmas tree. It helps to plan for community engagement and promotes positive relationships in the homes.
We ask each resident if there is anything they would like as a gift from us in the New Year or if there is anything they would like to do as an activity inside or outside of the home or with their family? We also have a nominated fairy godmother from each home who will dress up and gather the wishes.
We want to give the opportunity to all of our residents to make a wish, but also understand that not every resident will want to make a wish and not every resident can vocalise their wish. We include our resident’s families to determine what it is they may like and look over their past history and hobbies. This is something we did at Admiral Court, our care home in Leigh on Sea last year. We hosted a classic car show at the home after learning from the care team that the resident used to own three supercars when he was younger. The classic car show was attended by over 100 people, funds raised on the day were donated to charity and the resident was brought to tears upon seeing the Ferrari California and Rolls Royce, which we brought into the home’s car park.
Lucky Star has had a tremendous impact on our residents with lots of tears of happiness and laughter shared. The relatives have also been extremely grateful, joining in with the planned activities which has enhanced our relationships with them.
Wishes fulfilled last year included:
Reuniting a resident with his teenage sweetheart after 20 years apart. Taking a resident to the Ritz with her family by limousine so she could celebrate her 95th birthday and taking a resident to watch Peter Andre in concert and meeting him after the show.
Smaller wishes granted included giving a bouquet of flowers to a resident’s wife who visits him in the home every day, and taking a resident to the local garden centre for afternoon tea.
Thank you to Verity Prentice, Hallmark Care Homes for sharing this lovely idea for collecting residents wishes for 2017! http://www.hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk/