July has been and gone in the blink of an eye. It seem strange that in unprecedented times and different ways of living due to Covid 19; time should be going slowly, but quite the opposite instead…..
The weather has not been as nice as in previous months so we haven’t had quiet as much outdoor activity.
However; we have squeezed in a couple of BBQ’s which are always thoroughly enjoyed.
It is nice to sit in the sunshine and the smell of the food cooking ensures that everyone has a good appetite!
We have managed to have the odd treat from the ice cream van when they are in the area on a sunny day.
We have continued to receive some letters from our pen pals, although not quite as many anymore.
We had our first source of entertainment mid- July with an outdoor ‘Bring me sunshine’ show. This took place in the garden and was extremely well received by our residents. The singer sang a variety of songs with a summer and lively theme. He interacted very well and had residents singing, clapping and dancing. Thankfully, the weather was on our side and the sun made an appearance not long before the show!
Nicky the hairdresser, and Rikki the chiropodist, have both been to Elmfield following detailed risk assessments. The well- being of the residents has been improved by having regular visits attending to their podiatry needs and making them feel better by having their hair done.
Residents and staff have been enjoying karaoke style sing- along in the lounge. Using the fire stick, music videos and lyrics come up on the screen. This has brought joy and laughter to many residents. The use of technology really does fascinate residents with what can be done.
The usual activities of cake decorating, arts and crafts, quizzes, reminiscing, exercises and playing instruments.
Residents have been enjoying the vast selection of films on the firestick and have watched all- sorts from ‘Cats’, ‘Annie’, ‘Mama Mia’ to ‘Ghost’ and ‘Pretty Woman’.
We have booked in Graham Broad, one of our popular entertainers, to do a garden show on 4th August at 3:30pm. We are looking forward to welcoming him back to Elmfield albeit in a slightly different way.
The long- awaited garden visits will be commencing in Mid- August, depending on the infection rates in the local area. Thank- you for your patience and understanding. Following the government guidance, residents are limited to one constant visitor only which has resulted in some very difficult decisions made by our residents.
During August, we are having themed days for: Indian, Greek, Mexican and Spanish.
Staff and resident changes
There have not been any changes to our staff team or to residents during July.
John Notley had a wonderful day celebrating his 91st birthday on 28th July.
He was in good spirits and kept whistling ‘Happy Birthday’ to himself and dancing with staff. John received some lovely cards from his family and partner which he read over and over again.
We had a birthday tea which was enjoyed by everyone and John loved his birthday cake which was enjoyed by all at Elmfield.
August is a busy month for birthdays and we look forward to celebrating for Pat H, Jill, Vera and also Alan’s special days.
We are looking to start a history project learning about the village of Bisley and how it has changed over the years.
We eventually managed to do our first round of Covid tests. Thankfully they all came back negative for staff and residents. We have not yet received our further testing kits to do our weekly staff tests and monthly residents tests. They were ordered weeks ago but unfortunately, there appear to be difficulties in many care homes obtaining the kits. Hopefully this will be sorted soon.
We continue to liase with healthcare professionals such as the GP, district nurses and psychiatric teams via video calls and telephone meetings. Essential visits from Mike (paramedic practitioner) and the district nurses are still happening onsite after initial triage assessment.
Employee of the month
Employee of the month for July has been awarded to Holly Kaufman. Holly is new with us but has quickly become a valuable asset to our team. Holly was new to health and social care and has learnt so much in the short time that she has been with us. Imagine how much there is to learn, especially in the middle of a worldwide pandemic! Holly has successfully completed her mandatory training and has signed up to do her diploma level 2. Holly shows an admirable eagerness to learn and is popular with the residents.
Holly is reliable and she always comes to work with a smile and a positive attitude, which can be difficult at the best of times. Well done Holly and keep up the great work!