There was magic in the air at Marley Court Nursing home as residents and visitors got a big Christmas surprise when the staff performed a masterful performance of Jack and the Beanstalk for their residents and visitors.
At the recent Marley Court Nursing panto performance the home filled with laughter as absolutely hilarious characters had everyone laughing throughout – including myself! The quick remarks, the timing of the punch-lines and the showmanship made it a really enjoyable performance.
The Trott family are down on their luck and need to make money… and fast! When Jack takes their beloved cow Daisy to market, all he gets for her are three measly beans. But these are no ordinary beans! Jack wakes to find an enormous beanstalk slap-bang in the middle of his mum’s beloved vegetable patch.
The performance was planned and organised to the finest detail by Elaine Wright Activities Coordinator at Marley Court Nursing Home with the dedicated cast meeting twice weekly in their spare time to rehearse.
During the panto residents and their families were shouting out and laughing like they had never laughed before, the atmosphere was full of excitement which will continue throughout the Christmas period with a full schedule of festive activities planned.
Ann France- Wife of a resident at Marley Court says “The staff at Marley court are marvelous for giving so much time up for their Residents.”
Judith – a resident Daughter says she will never look at Michelle and Elaine quite the same again after the hilarious performance.
Staff at Marley court have been ecstatic about the success of their panto saying “They have never seen the lounge so packed and the compliments have gone on and on from all the family’s. The cast said “we will defiantly do it again next year. All the happy faces were worth all the missed home time and in Elaine’s case all the sleepless nights.”
Marley Court Perform Jack and the Beanstalk
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Marley Court Nursing home Chorley have had all sorts of activities going on recently with the help of their new Activities Co-ordinator Elaine Wright.
This week Elaine introduced Marley Court residents to some very unique visitors when she arranged a safari in the Chorley home!
The Safari consisted of Pup Pup the Meerkat, Jeffero the Skunk, Fast Fred the unusually fast Tortoise, Betty the Bearded Dragon, Ben the Rabbit and Bruce the Blue Tongued Skink.
The animals were a huge hit with the residents of Marley Court Nursing home, most had never seen animals like it, they were stoking the animals and holding them with smiles from ear to ear proving that pet therapy really does make a huge difference.
Peggy a 94 year old resident new to Marley Court said “Oh it’s been fantastic hasn’t it, i have had a great time with all the animals.” Peggy worked in a pet rescue center during WW2.
Peggy Stroking Jeffero the Skunk
Gordon another resident at Marley court enjoyed holding all of the animals including Fast Fred the Tortoise, Gordon mostly enjoyed stroking Ben the Bunny who was silky soft.
Gladys a resident who is poorly and usually unable to partake in activities at Marley Court was able to reach out and stroke the animals, this made her and all staff at Marley Court very happy.
Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.
goals of pet therapy can include:
Bernard with Fast Fred the Tortoise
improving motor skills and joint movement
improving assisted or independent movement
increasing verbal communication
developing social skills
increasing willingness to join in activities
improving interactions with others
motivating willingness to exercise
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New Activities coordinator develops a programme of activities suitable for all residents at Marley court.
Elaine says “I am very excited to start my new role as activities coordinator; this role is very much me. I will make it fun and engaging for all residents. My aim is for residents at Marley court to be excited when they get up the morning.”
In 2014 after working in education for 15 years Elaine decided she wanted to work in care where she could make a difference to the lives of our elderly community, Elaine started working at Marley court where she worked her way up to being senior carer over 4 years.
Elaine hasn’t even started her new role yet and has already made plans for a brass band to visit Marley court, a Halloween party and a Christmas Pantomime where she plans to invite the local community to come together bridging age gaps.
Elaine says “I won’t leave anybody out and aim to provide a bespoke activity programme to each resident, we have one lady who has gone blind but she loves singing and dancing, I have plans to take her to a singing and dancing evening where she can fully enjoy herself.”
Plans are already made to have monthly celebration parties where at the end of each month Marley court will celebrate the birthdays of all residents in that month, these parties will be themed each month with a different twist to keep the excitement going with talks of starting with a 1940’s theme as many of the residents love the music and style of the era.
Other plans for activities include a visit from a brass band, movies nights and visits from local children bridging the generational gap in the community.