There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread straight out of the oven.
This has become a rather common staple at Brookdale Care Home following the introduction of our brand new kitchen in our Dementia-specialist hub.
Our open-plan communal living and dining room space has been uplifted with the addition of a glossy black kitchen purpose-built to encourage resident’s involvement in cooking and baking activities.
Cooking and baking is an excellent activity for residents to help rehabilitate a health relationship with food, especially for those with depression and dementia.
Being able to better include Culinary Therapy as a staple in our activities and wellbeing support is a brilliant way to promote a sense of self-worth and purpose in our residents.
It’s also a brilliant social activity for residents and carers to work together whether it’s making bread or cupcakes; whether it’s a first time or perhaps echoes a fond memory. Of course – it’s also a big bonus to have something delicious to sit down and enjoy together!
We’ve already been making the most of our new kitchen – take a look at some of our incredible creations below!
It’s undoubtedly been a difficult year for everybody during the Covi-19 pandemic, particularly for care homes. As Christmas draws near, what would typically be an occasion full of celebrations and family gatherings has been dimmed by lockdowns and safety concerns.
But Millennium Care Group is determined not to let Covid outshine Christmas for our care homes!
Care homes in the Millennium Care Group have already done a lot to ease the effects of Covid in their homes, most notably by installing Covid-safe visitation lodges to keep residents connected with their families through the pandemic.
With December fast approaching, the care group wants to make this moment extra special for residents, staff and families who have struggled throughout the year. Initially, the plan was to convert visitation lodges into a Christmas lodge for visitors and residents. But with risk of infection control, this unfortunately cannot happen.
Now, the care group is looking for support from the community to turn the outside of all 7 care homes across Wigan, Ramsbottom and Bury into their own winter wonderland with Christmas trees, lights and decorations to brighten up the homes and the spirits of residents.
The homes plan to host special Christmas Light Switch On events that can be celebrated by home residents and staff, shared live over social media for families to be involved, and also host special light drive throughs for the resident’s family members
But it won’t be an easy feat and these care homes are asking for support from their local communities to donate and help in any way possible. Even a small gesture will go a long way to make a big impact for these care homes.
If you would like to support our care homes this Christmas, please contact email@example.com.
The duo have fundraised together in the past and Katie even climbed Snowdon last year to raise money for Alzheimer’s society.
Katie say’s “We have seen first-hand the impact that the isolation and loneliness caused by the pandemic, can have on the elderly in our society. We have also been truly moved by the strength they have shown during this time, particularly those in our care, who have shown true resilience and echoed the spirit of Sir Tom Moore.”
Inspired by all of the residents across all Millennium care homes and by Sir Tom Moore Katie and Beth aim to raise £1,000 for the Tom Moore foundation.
Residents at each home plan to show their support with banners and flags as the walkers reach each home with a drone following them on parts of the journey to keep us up to date on how they are getting on.
Captain Tom is on a mission to get as many people as possible walking, talking, spreading hope and easing loneliness.
If you would like to show your support to Katie and Beth you can donate via the link:
At Millennium Care, our team and residents provide a warm welcome to all who enter the homes.
The core value of Millennium Care is to encourage all residents to maintain their independence, continuing to enjoy their later years with the knowledge that our team is here to provide a friendly face and chat 24 hours a day.
Childhood friends now 95 and 91 recognise each other when they see each other for the first time in 73 years after moving into Lakeside care home for respite.
Marion- ‘I couldn’t believe it when we were sat at the same table for dinner, I said is it Winny Jones? as there can’t be many Winny’s around and it was her.
‘I feel lucky to have my friend back in my life, we get on just as well now as we did back then.’
The childhood friends both grew up in Wigan, they both worked together at Coops factory in Wigan where they grew close, the pair lost contact when Winny left Coops to start a family, Marion went on to have a long career as a Manager.
Now 73 years later, the once inseparable co-workers now spend their days causing mischief in their care home.
Winny- I couldn’t feel happier that we’re now reunited and get to reminisce on our old memories, it’s lovely to have a friend.’
Marion came to Lakeside in May this year after battling Covid-19, after never being in a care home she was nervous about coming in to care, Marion say’s she made the right choice, she as lonely at home and now feels happier than she has in a long time.
Following in the footsteps of Lakeside and Worthington Lake, Lavender Hills Care Home has opened their Covid-safe visitation lodge – lovingly named The Evenlina Park Lodge.
The build of the new visitation lodge has been much anticipated by the home staff, residents and families alike – and it couldn’t have come at a better time with England going back into lockdown during the pandemic.
What started as a simple Facebook poll on interior design themes, blossomed into a gorgeous outdoor lodge with all the cosiness and comfort you’d expect from a woodland cabin. Perfect for sitting down with your loved ones and having a good old catch up and admiring the wonderful views of the Rossendale Valley.
The lodge has been named in honour of the Lavender Hills long-time resident, Evelina Park, a former RAF veteran who celebrated her 100th birthday with the home earlier in the year. Yet whilst the lodge has been named in her honour as a belated birthday gift, it truly is a worthwhile gift for all residents and their families.
Finally, they can be together again. Finally, they can reunite.
If you or a loved one needs care and support, especially during the ongoing pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out to the home about staying at Lavender Hills. You can call 01706 828 412 or email the home manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a long year with care home visits sparse throughout and Millennium Care Group think it’s about time that all our home are able to safely reunite our residents with their loved ones. This includes Norley Hall, Windsor House, Marley Court and Brookdale Care Home. We will be posting regular updates on these new visitations lodges on our website.