How Millennium care are battling Covid-19 across homes in Wigan with outdoor concerts and the power of FaceTime

How Millennium care are battling Covid-19 across homes in Wigan with outdoor concerts and the power of FaceTime

From outdoor concerts to learning sign language, Millennium care homes have managed to maintain their community spirit during Lockdown

For Millennium care engagement, meaningful activity and inclusion has been at the heart of the business from day one.

With new purpose-built social hubs in Millennium care homes across Lancashire; the social distancing measures now in place means every home has had to adapt their everyday way of life completely.

Millennium Care has maintained the same core values and ethos since it was founded in 1993 with a strong focus on a homely and social environment.

All homes across Millennium have been busy finding new ways to keep spirits high during the Coronavirus lockdown and they have succeeded in many ways.

With social distancing measures in place and all non-essential visits from family and friends temporarily stopped, homes across the group have been using Facebook portal not only to help residents stay connected with family and friends but to continue with popular activities and even learn a new skill; Makaton sign language.

Windsor House care home in Standish are using FaceTime to continue with some of their favourite activities including Lego Therapy and Performance poetry, Kitty Short from Creative confidence who provides the home with activities and Lego therapy is a regular visitor to Millennium care homes.

Kitty Short say’s “Using FaceTime has been an invaluable communication method for residents at Millennium care during what is a challenging time, We are using Facebook portal for many different things every day, residents in Millennium care homes are able to enjoy Lego Therapy, Performance poetry, some homes are learning Makaton Sign language and much more.”

With a whole new meaning for PPE- Personalised private Entertainment; Residents at Lakeside care home also based in Standish Wigan have been enjoying person cantered activities in the comfort and safety of their bedrooms including crafting, singing, dancing, facetiming.

Staff at Lakeside care home have painted smiling faces on their masks so residents can still see them smile throughout the day.

Worthington Lake care home have been using pet therapy with Peggy the puppy as well as the power of music with a Fantastic outdoor concert by the fabulous Anthony James a local musician, residents of the specialist Dementia care home were able to enjoy a music concert from their balcony’s and patio of their home.

Staff members also put on a show as they danced in their masks.

Katy Grindly deputy Manager at Worthington Lake said “Contact with the outside world is now minimal so we are very lucky here at Worthington Lake to have large balcony’s and patio’s leading from bedrooms meaning residents can still enjoy the great outdoors, we made the most of it during the recent lovely weather with an outdoor concert.

Spirits were high and we all enjoyed the music by Musician Anthony who kindly put on the concert for us for free, afterwards we enjoyed a party and did our own version of Peter Kay’s Amarillo.”

All staff across Millennium care homes have received messages and videos of thanks and appreciation from families and friends of loved ones.

This weekend all homes across Millennium care have celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE day in many different ways including street party celebrations, relatives drove around the homes to maintain safety but also be able to join in the celebrations.

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