Marley Court Nursing home in Chorley partied this Halloween with a Go on Tour Theatre performance, the mobile theatre company visited the home organised by Activity Coordinator Elaine Wright, in preparation for the performance Marley court really went to town in decorating the care with a whole host of decorations including dangling witches legs, ghosts, Pumpkins and black cats on, and a brilliant ‘witches and cauldron’ the home was filled with carved pumpkins which had been great fun on the run up to Halloween.
The Actors from Go on Tour which is part of Blackburn Empire theatre put on a special performance for the residents and staff at Marley Court Nursing home which comes after the home celebrate winning a Great British Care Award.
The room filled with laughter and applause for over an hour as the performers entertained the home with a variety of different acts including Sister Act, a comedian and an Opera singer.
The party ended with the whole room singing sweet Caroline and shaking tambourine’s.
Michael from Go on tour say’s– As a singer – it’s a pleasure to see the faces of people who might not be able to communicate like they used to, they remember song words and we get so much pleasure in making them smile.”
Mandy Stableford – Artistic Director of Go on Tour say’s – It’s an absolute pleasure to come to Marley Court and perform for the amazing residents here, it’s a beautiful home and everyone is smiling.”
Ann Crook – resident at Marley court say’s “That’s the best performance i have ever seen, i’ve enjoyed everything today including the Halloween decorating and pumpkin carving.”
Elaine Wright Activities Co-ordinator at Marley Court say’s “ The performance was absolutely fantastic, to see increased communication, smiles and the immediate impulse to start toe-tapping made the day special for all of our residents and families, it was clear that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed today as well as preparing for today with the decorations.
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William Alan Rawsthorn spent over 30 years working as a local Wigan police officer now retired and living at Lakeside Nursing home in Standish William remembers Lakeside being a Naughty boys home many many years ago.
William born in 1931 lived through WW2 as a child before going in to National service at 18, when leaving National service William decided he wanted a career in the forces, at 20 years old he joined the police force in Lower Ince Ince Wigan in 1951.
William spent 12 months in Lower Ince before moving to Golborne and Shevington.
“ Every day was different, I’d start at 2pm and had no idea what was going to happen between 2pm and 10pm, I was there for the Miners strikes and the riots in Liverpool but as a police officer you have a very special bond with your colleagues that never goes, you look after each other.” – William say’s.
William tells the story of how he was given the nickname Handlebar Harry, this came from the children in the area laughing at his police bike and the handlebars on it, the name stuck with him for many years and even today people call him Harry.
We are looking for anyone who might remember William or Handlebar Harry to come and join us at Lakeside, we would love to set up a retired policeman’s group as we love reminiscing about the olden days in Wigan with William.
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Lakeside Nursing home work on vision boards to make changes to the way their home provides care after being inspired during a three day Eden Alternative training programme.
It was Bill Thomas who introduced the Eden Alternative in 1991 which would change care forever, the Eden Alternative is based on the core belief that ageing should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period of decline.
Lakeside Nursing home staff have values and a vision that will positively change the home promoting independence and companionship whilst scrapping the traditional care home rule book.
This week Lakeside held a vision board workshop where every member of staff in the home from the Chefs in the Kitchen to the Management came together to design what they would want in a home, putting themselves in to the shoes of an elderly resident coming in to care what would they want to bring, everyone chose six things that are important to them in every day life mostly including holidays, comfort, relaxing in a nice bath and many more things.
The vision board process consisted of everyone having paper, magazines, glue and scissors so they were able to visually create what they wanted in their ideal care environment, this process will be repeated with the residents of Lakeside care home and all vision boards will come together to create a plan for the home.
Lakeside staff have the mindset of ‘why not’ everything is possible and just because you’re in a care home you don’t have to give up what matters to you in life whether that be pets, holidays, meals out, your own bed or a relaxing bath; it’s all possible.
Debbie Cank Manager at Lakeside Nursing home say’s – ” It’s important to all of us here at Lakeside that when someone comes in to our home that they feel at home, that they are able to still do the things they have always enjoyed and we don’t take away that sense of independence, following Eden training we have all come together with a plan to do what we can to make sure nobody living at Lakeside ever feels any of the plagues of old age, we want a home filled with laughter and happiness.”
For more information on Lakeside visit www.millennium-care.co.uk or email Debbie at Debbie@millennium-care.co.uk