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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Marley Court Nursing home have been busy with snow this morning as they wake up to a blank canvas.
Elaine Write Activities co-ordinator at Marley Court decided that she would make the most of the snow and as the residents of Marley court were not able to go out and enjoy the snow like most of us she would bring the snow to them.
Elaine canceled her activity for the day as she headed out with a bucket and shovel to collect snow and bring it into the residents of Marley court Nursing home.
Elaine say’s “It was supposed to be Dignity day today and we were going to make paper flowers to mark the occasion but I thought to myself this morning when I saw the snow why can’t we enjoy the fun that comes with snow in the warmth of our lounge, it was too cold to take residents out in the snow so I decided to bring the snow in to them.”
When Elaine first took the snow indoors many residents thought it was fake and Elaine had made it when they touched it and realised it was real their faces lit up.
Peggy Martindale a 94yr old resident said: “Oh I used to love throwing snowballs at boys when I was a young girl.” Peggy writes everything in her diary and said she will be busy this eveing writing about the days events.
Norman another resident at Marley court had just got up and still in his dressing gown decided to make a snowball and throw it at Elaine creating laughter around the room.
Elaine and the residents decided to build a snowman using a carrot for the nose and raisins for the eyes.
Ann cook a resident at Marley Court said “Come here I’ll show you how to do the nose” as she finished off the snowman while singing Frosty the snowman.
Everyone wanted a picture with Frosty before Elaine took him outside to sit at the window and look in.
Bev Unsworth Manager at Marley court say’s “Today Elaine has put smiles on faces all around the home after she went out and gathered snow this morning, just because our residents can’t go out in to the cold doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the snow as much as everyone else, I am proud to have such thoughtful members of staff here at Marley court who won’t let disability get in the way of enjoying anything in life.”
Elaine Wright Activity Co-ordinator say’s “It was lovely to see when the residents realised it was real snow, when they put it in their hand and experienced it for the first time in years the smiles that came from it made going out at 8am this morning to collect it worth it a hundred times over, it’s well worth thinking outside if the box, I absolutely love this job.”
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
For more information on Marley Court Contact: Beverly Unsworth
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.