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The Grange celebrated Valentine's Day with roses, balloons and petals decorated around the home. The kitchen did a lovely dessert, with a heart shaped jelly. Residents enjoyed entertainment in the afternoon.
Pancake Day was enjoyed by all. As we had pancakes for pudding at lunch time.
The Grange Auxiliary Hospital Ruxbury Road, St Ann's Hill, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9EP Medical dates: 1915 - 1919 Medical character: Convalescent (military) Convalescent (military) The Grange Auxiliary Hospital opened on 30th January 1915 in a house lent by a Mrs Vivian Brettell. The house, built on the slopes of St Ann's Hill, a 20-minute walk away from Chertsey, was large and comfortable with pleasant grounds, mature shady trees with tennis and croquet lawns. At first the Hospital had 10 beds and received...
Residents living with a number of ailments may benefit from art therapy. This is a targeted use of painting and other activities to help keep the mind sharp and promote dexterity in a setting that is fun. Art can become a cherished hobby and each session is an opportunity to reap the rewards of this interesting form of therapy and build up social friends and promotes happiness in the home.
Sensory stimulation for those who are struggling with dementia can be soothing for those who are agitated. Engaging in an activity throughout the day has also been shown to help residents sleep better. Fidget Cushions were hand made by our activities team. By knowing our residents we were able to create unique cushions with objects that keeps them focused on an activity.
Residents spent the afternoon painting ceramic frames, tea lights, photo frames and mugs. Ceramic pens make it easier for all residents to join in a fun colourful activity.
Residents spent a sunny afternoon at Squires' garden centre Chertsey, it was so nice to have family members join them. Residents shopped for bird feed for the garden here at The Grange, they also found a bingo game they thought they would enjoy, all this shopping built up a thirst, they stopped for lots of hot cups of tea and a beautiful lunch (ploughmen's, cheesy jacket potatoes and sausage sandwiches. Followed by hot lemon sponge and custard and fresh cream cakes.)
Busy boards Sensory stimulation has been shown to not only bring enjoyment and fun to people living with Alzheimer's but also to fight anxiety and depression while increasing social interaction. Sensory stimulation can also help people stay independent for longer, promote understanding and a sense of belonging as well as help people express how they are feeling.
12noon on the 31st of December residents staff and families joined hands and counted the big ben chimes down from 12 before all singing Auld Lang Syne together, it was so special to see everybody holding hands with each other rejoicing in the memories of 2017 and the optimism of what 2018 will bring. Residents in there handmade hats raised a cheer to the new year with a glass of wine, beer, sherry or fizz. Balloon games followed with residents, staff and families becoming quite competitive, but all laughing and enjoying the party...
Christmas Eve Santa and his Elf visited all residents and made many appearances throughout the day. Santa handed out personalised stockings made by residents and staff filled with goodies with a box of chocolates or biscuits.
This cake was designed by Bryony our activities Co-Ordinator and with the help of Carol (our other Activities co-Ordinator) and Arron (Chef) they created an edible fruit cake photo booth cake. This cake was the centre piece of our residents Christmas party. Residents, Families and staff all posed to have their picture taken wearing the Sweater. This brought a lot of fun and something unique for our residents and they are still all talking about it days later.
Residents enjoyed their Christmas Ugly Sweater Party. Families and friends joined us for our annual party, a seasonal spectacular buffet was put on by the kitchen team, families commented on how it was like being in a 5* star hotel. An interactive Christmas cake got everybody in the ugly sweater spirit, residents, families and staff all dressed for the occasion in ugly tops and sweaters. The hilarious comedy singer Alan had everybody singing, dancing and laughing along. The Christmas magic filled the whole home. The night was topped...
We had the 5th Chertsey Brownies visit us to sing Christmas Carols to the residents. They had song sheets for the residents and took requests for Christmas songs. They thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
We would firstly like to thank everybody who has taken the time to send our residents a Christmas card. Residents received a Christmas stocking on Thursday afternoon filled with Christmas Cards. Residents and staff were Stunned and amazed at the kind words and beautiful drawings being sent in each Christmas card. We have started to hang the cards in the communal areas of the home, so everybody can read and share in the magical atmosphere that has been created! We will continue to hand out Christmas cards throughout the coming week. Thank...
The Grange was visited by a theatre company on Saturday. The feedback was excellent. Residents and family enjoyed the show and the many outfits.
A few residents went out to the Weybridge Garden Centre. Where they had a lovely lunch and brought poinsettias for the home. They all came back with a smile on their face.
The first week of December has been a busy one for us. What with putting up the decorations, going on trips and arranging the Christmas party. The residents have handmade Christmas cards to send to their loved ones. They all seemed to have fun dressing up to have photos taken.
Every Friday residents enjoy flower arranging over a cup of tea. This is a good way to socialise for some. It easy and calming, they look forward to it on a weekly basis.
Residents gathered at the Grange for a 2 minute silence and to join the service of remembrance. Among our residents some still have their medals they received. This is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Lest we forget.
Who of us would ever forget the poem? Guy Fawkes and the failed "Gunpowder plot" in 1605. The Guy Fawkes tradition continues today 412 years later, all over the United Kingdom. Family and friends joined residents on Monday 6th November and were treated to a Fireworks and Guy Fawkes themed evening.
Residents enjoyed themed games and creating fun faces while pumpkin carving (even naming them after staff). Residents wore their wicked witches and wizards hats they had made during the week. The home was decorated throughout with spook-takular decorations, a magical and mysterious afternoon spent with friends and family sipping sherry and dancing while dressed as Skeletons, Witches and even the Grim Reaper. The Granges favourite singing Jimmy put together and performed a sensational spooky set list.
Arts and crafts and other creative projects can help alleviate boredom and create a social environment. They also help with hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities and concentration.
Celebrating 91 years with a big smile as always, Many Happy returns.
A quiet afternoon at The Grange. Reading is a great pastime. Some research indicates that reading can delay the onset of Alzheimer's and slow the course of memory loss related to the disease. Your brain also needs stimulation.
Gardening is beneficial for older people because it is an enjoyable form of exercise and an activity that promotes relaxation and well-being. This is the only strawberry we managed to grow this year from our fruit and vegetable patch. It was soon devoured.
Saturday 15 July 2017 An amazing fun-filled afternoon- residents and families all came together to spend an afternoon enjoying good food, drinks & great company, Elvis filled the garden with live music.The rain stopped just before the party started. The chef put on a fantastic banquet- Spit roast pig, burgers, sausages, lamb, and vegetable skewers. Residents have commented on how much fun they had and really enjoying meeting other residents families and friends.
The Grange garden is one of the best places for our residents to relax and unwind during the long days of spring and summer. Presenting an expansive lawn fringed with lush green shrubs and mature trees the Grange garden is a place our residents choose to sit and relax, relishing a tea or wine and sharing their memories or indulging in a cheerful chat. The beautiful flowering herbs, the magnolia, the roses, the fish pond, the huge mature tree that overlooks the backyard of the Home, the thatched summer house, and all that vast, lush...
The Grange hosted a Tea Room set in the openness of its beautiful garden. Relaxing in the sun of one of the most favourable days of this Spring, our residents enjoyed our first ever Tea Room along with their families and friends. The vintage style tea room, featuring chequered table clothes, vintage bone China tea sets, and retro cakes, was reminiscent of the past as well as gave our residents a stimulation, a catlyst for conversation. They were so excited to be there in the garden for the tea and chat among themselves...
We had a fantastic Spanish themed day at our Home on 18 May. We started the day by making tissue paper flowers for decorations as well as residents' hair and wrist bands. Residents enjoyed Spanish chicken and Vegetable Paella for lunch. In the afternoon residents came together in the dinning room for a 'Pinata smash'. All residents found this fun and enjoyable. Staff as well joined in until finally the pinata was smashed with one almighty wack by resident M. Harribo sweet flew from...
On 4 May we braved the weather and took an adventure to The Farm Shop & Tea Rooms in Lyne, Surrey. Our residents spent the late morning looking round the garden center, picking out beautiful coloured plants for our new raised flower beds- Pansies, Daisies, Sedum Telephium & Forget-me-nots to name a few. Residents then enjoyed a lovely lunch in the Tea Room; sandwiches, paninis, and jacket potatoes were served and some residents treated themselves to a beef burger. Everybody came home with...
Saturday's Easter party was enjoyed by our residents, families and staff. We enjoyed visits from the Easter Bunny and a spring Chicken. They visited all the rooms bringing chocolatey goodness to all. The Easter Bunny made many appearances throughout the main living areas bringing smiles and laughter to one and all. The afternoon started off with an Easter egg hunt in the garden for visiting families and residents. The sun came out and blessed us with a warm spell to enjoy time in the garden. A selection of Easter cupcakes made...
Mother's day was a busy day with lots of families coming to see their loved ones. We enjoyed playing Bingo and balloon games in lobby. All day afternoon tea to all visiting families. Some families joined their Mums' for a Lamb Sunday Roast in the dining room and conservatory. Seeing smiles on all the families faces, watching them laugh and spend quality time together is what mother's Day is all about. Some families sat enjoying the sunny spring weather in our beautiful garden.
'Love was in the air' at The Grange as we celebrated Valentine's day today. Some of our wonderful residents helped to make the decorations and our amazing Chef whipped up some yummy puddings for everyone.
Our weekly routine of Physical exercise got our residents off to a good start this morning.
Emma is a spectacularly talented singer with a beautiful voice. Although classically trained her diverse range of music styles delighted her audience at The Grange. She is engaging and enchanting in equal measure with a relaxed and confident manner. Emma performed some jazz, swing, musical and popular songs from a wide range of decades with great panache.
This week we have had an absolute milestone of a Birthday with one of our residents turning 101 years old. We celebrated her life in style with a lovely homemade cake that we all shared.
Roger is a professional singer and a natural performer. He appeared in "Stars in their eyes" as Andy Williams and has a huge repertoire available. He also performed in Elvis tribute and Frank Sinatra. He used props that added interest to his performance including wigs, hats and a puppet! Not only is he a very popular performer but Roger is a very experienced entertainer who is great fun and his energetic performance had our residents singing and laughing long after he had gone!
We offer a Day Care Service as well as 24 hour long term and respite care for the elderly. Day care clients have the full services of The Grange Retirement Home available to them and they can benefit from the excellent activities and social interaction offered on a daily basis whilst being cared for by competent, qualified and friendly staff in a warm, homely and relaxed environment. In providing a temporary, secure and happy atmosphere for their relative, families are given the flexibility, choice and peace of mind.
We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again, some sunny day. Please join us on Wednesday 21st December at 2.30pm
Wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from The Management and Staff Team.
Berkshire poet, Chris, decided to put his poetry to good use by creating a programme of workshops to help unlock the memories of older people in care homes and day centres in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxford, Surrey and Middlesex. Chris writes about the ups and downs of working with older people suffering from dementia, physical disabilities and emotional problems. Five years ago the words tumbled out of Chris, thousands of them, all of them in the form of poems. In 2015 his first anthology 'Words of My Life' was...
Our residents could not have asked for a better day to spend with their family and friends at our Summer BBQ held on a bright sunny day in our gardens. We were treated to delicious food with the drinks at the bar flowing generously. Our very own 'Stars in their eyes' winner Jason Searle performed for us as 'Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and many more from the past and present. We are proud to have raised over 700 pounds for Sam Beare Hospice with donations and raffle collections. We would like to thank this charity...
We were delighted to host 13 lovely teens from the London Children's ballet who presented our residents with a performance of Little Lord Fauntleroy. We were impressed by the colour and style of their costumes, friendliness and use of our space in bringing us a wonderful performance. Thank you to the team that brought to us these lovely children and we wish the dancers well for their future.
Billy took our residents down memory lane back to 60's and 70's with his wonderful music. Billy interacted very well with our residents giving them musical instruments to join in with himself and his electric keyboard. Laughter and joy resounded throughout the home!
The bond between families is important. The love, laughter and kindness we share together is beautiful and the happiness and sadness we share is what brings us closer together.
With the spring sunshine our residents enjoyed being out in the garden today. The activities co-ordinator and residents arranged the beautiful hanging baskets to bring summer colour into our home.
With the sunshine beaming through our top floor windows, our residents enjoyed a game of Ahoy! This game is very similar to bingo but with playing cards. Our residents had lots of fun being competitive with each other.
Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game regarded as a world classic. A few of our residents got stuck into a competitive game today. The game is good for improving cognition and is mentally stimulating . Best of all it would have brought back fond child hood memories !
Matt from Fitnniss delivered a fun exercise programme to our residents today. Through music, he increased the physical, social and mental well-being of our residents. Exercise aids in keeping good balance and helps mobility. Matt's aim was to create a fun social environment to promote independence and self esteem.
Amazing music resounded through The Grange on this warm sunny afternoon as Paul Grainger performed for our residents. The music lifted the spirit of all.