Latest News from Abbeyside Care Group

May 2024

Abbeyside

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

We have had a great month filled with lots of fun activities again and have been very much enjoying our weekly bus trips! We have been down to the beach for some ice cream, and around the countryside for picnics!

We look forward to spending more time in our gardens as the warmer weather comes in, spending time in the fresh air and looking at the wildlife we have.

We are always keeping moving with walking, dancing, and chair exercises! Its great to keep the blood flowing and work on our balance and general health too! The live music always helps keep us moving too!

I hope to see you all soon!

Best wishes,

Claire England

Abbeyvale

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

We have had another lovely month getting back outside when we can to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! We are sure May will bring more opportunities and of course BBQ’s for all to enjoy!

We had a lovely BBQ this month to which as always, all residents, staff and their families, and visitors joined. It is always lovely to see everyone come together to enjoy some good food!

Thank you to Dave for organising and cooking our delicious food!

Best wishes,

Rhian Evans

Lovely BBQ, Lovely Weather
Loving the Live Music

April 2024

Abbeyside

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

I hope you have enjoyed Easter and have a nice break planned over the holidays! We have been having a good time with lots of easter themed activities, and of course lots of baking as you know we well love!  We are a home of sweet tooths and we love to get messy baking or take it easy and enjoy some pic n mix!

We are feeling much fresher with the better weather are more daylight and are looking forward to get full use out of our recently refurbished garden areas.  We have some lovely space on the patio and in the gardens where we welcome and encourage you to use and spend time in the fresh air with your loved ones!

Our weekly bus trips have been lots of fun recently, getting out for a change of scenery and some fresh aid! We always enjoy a good cup of coffee down at the beach!

We love to keep moving with sporty activities like bowling, and keeping our fingers nimble with puzzles and board games!

We hope to see you all soon for some of our activities and we wish you all a happy Easter!

Claire England

 

Abbeyvale

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

We are all thoroughly enjoying the lighter mornings and evenings, making for some lovely walks and plenty of time to get in the garden!

We will be focusing on our gardening club in the coming weeks, trying to grow some of our own fruits and vegetables, and of course some lovely aesthetic plants for us to look after and enjoy! If anyone would like to donate any plants or cuttings, they would be more than welcome to help brighten up our patio area!

We had a quiet but successful coffee and cake afternoon to raise money for red nose day, raising a total of £65.15! Thank you to those who managed to come it was lovely catching up and of course eating some delicious home bakes!

Eleni has been coming in every week to do chair exercises with us on a Tuesday morning. She is great at getting us moving, working on our balance and mobility getting us ready for the week!  Turning exercise into games is a great way to keep us moving and enjoying it! We love a good game of bowling and balloon tennis at the moment!

Our bus trips have been bringing us lots of joy recently, with trips to the beach, local coffee shops, and for a good old fashioned picnic!  Good company always makes our day, whether that be playing a game with a friend, having a chat with a love done, or even our visits from the local nursery!

Rhian Evans

The Grove

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

Happy April! Another new month greets us, and this one is full of more sunshine, flowers, and blue skies. There is so much to celebrate, and I hope you’ll join us for our activities this month.

We have plenty of planter space if you would like to use them with your loved one you are more than welcome to make them your own!  We always welcome anyone with a green thumb to come and help us look after our plants and give them some extra TLC!  There is something so relaxing about plants and we love to get stuck in, be that indoor or outdoors and we can’t wait to spend more time in the gardens as it gets warmer!

We look forward to the warmer and lighter months rolling in now, and especially look forward to spending more time out on our patio, looking after our plants, enjoying meals, and cups of tea! 

We have been enjoying our weekly bus trips again, with some interesting day trips, seeing the views and enjoying some ice cream and picnics!

We got a little funny looking while enjoying a pamper session with face masks and hand massages!

David and Ken continue to come every month and get us all singing and dancing every time!

I hope you have a good month ahead!

Alison Robertson

March 2024

Abbeyside

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

As always we have been doing lots of baking this month making various cupcakes and chocolate treats! We always have lots of fun working as a team to make delicious snacks, and of course enjoy them with a good chat and a cup of tea!

We love to keep our home looking and
smelling fresh and what better way than arranging some beautiful flowers! Our residents loved to spend time looking after them and showing their artistic skills in arranging lovely displays along with a cheeky prosecco!

We always enjoy a good game of bingo
but we really love all board games! From puzzles to checkers we love to grab a friend and get a little competitive!

We enjoyed celebrating a lovely
valentines day with our loved ones
with balloons and roses for everyone,
and a delicious love themed meal!

Our bus outings have kept us busy getting out for some fresh air, picnics, and course some hot chocolate too! We look forward to the warmer weather for our trips.

Claire England

Abbeyvale

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

We have had a busy month and have an exciting month ahead planned with plenty of activities and events, and of course we welcome you to join us!

As we know keeping moving is very important and we have been doing many activities centred around this! 

We have been having the lovely Eleni coming in for exercise classes on a Tuesday, and of course having regular dancing sport sessions too!

We have also been loving playing some hook a duck too! Working on some fine motor skills while having a good time and even getting a little competition going!

As with most people, some good food and drink are the best way to get us going! We have enjoyed many food related activities in the last month with a demonstration on pancake day, wine and cheese afternoon, and biscuit decorating!

Of course, sometimes you can’t beat a bit of quiet time with a good friend and a game! Whether its puzzles or board games it’s always a great time

Rhian Evans

The Grove

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

What a busy month February has been.  We had a lovely time celebrating valentines day making cards and hanging decorations. Everyone got a rose from George and a delicious valentines meal from the kitchen!

We always love to get together for some food, drink, and a chat! We have continued to enjoy some coffee mornings and had a lovely time tucking into pancakes for pancake day!

We’ll take any excuse for a celebration and a good dance. We have enjoyed celebrating a few birthday’s over the last weeks, and of course we have loved having in musical entertainment! The residents love to get up and have a sing and dance along with the staff.

We always enjoy getting our hand dirty and fingers green! The resident shaving been prepping for spring getting their plants and tomatoes ready!

Alison Robertson

February 2024

Abbeyside

Abbeyvale

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

We’ve had a busy month last month, we had a lovely day celebrating Burns! Dave did a fantastic job of addressing the Haggis and we enjoyed tucking
into our neeps and tatties too! We had a fantastic Piper in to play for all of our residents and they were over the moon!

Our team leader Michelle brought in her gorgeous new sprocker puppy Arlo to meet the residents! They loved getting a good cuddle and a kiss, and he cheered everyone up, he is just irresistible.

We are looking forward to this month with valentine’s celebrations and of course pancake day! We will be thankful for those around us, surrounded by red and pink decorations, tales of Cupid, and boxes of chocolate lining the shopping aisles!

As always, we would love any feedback you may have, and we have placed feedback forms at the sign in book! Please feel free to fill one in, it can be named or anonymous, and pop it in the red post box in the entrance area.

We would also love to see some family members on our activity committee. If this is something that interests you, please let us know!

Rhian Evans


The Grove

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

We have had another great month full of fun activities!  We always love to get our hands dirty with some baking! We made some flapjacks and decorated them beautifully and enjoyed eating them with a good cup of tea! 

We have been spending lots of time on different arts and crafts which have been a great way to keep busy and have a good chat!  We have been painting, card making, and knitting and we have loved it all!

We have managed to get a couple of garden visits in but we look forward to more of these as the weather warms up! The brighter evenings are certainly a breath of fresh air!

We are looking forward to our valentines’ celebrations and we have a special meal planned from our kitchen too! Of course pancake day is also coming which is always great fun and a big hit with the residents!

We are continuing to have our church services every second Wednesday and the residents are so grateful for this. Family and friends are always welcome to join our services.

Visitors are welcome to use our Wi-Fi and we also have facilities to skype call our residents so let us know if you would like to do this!

Alison Robertson

January 2024

Abbeyside, Abbeyvale & The Grove

Hello Residents, Families and Friends!

Happy New Year! We have had a fantastic holiday period, celebrating Christmas and new year with several activities on! It has been lovely to see so many families and friends coming in for visits and to join in with our events. Our residents Christmas party was much anticipated and met all our expectations! We are glad it went so well, and the residents really had the most fantastic afternoon!

Thank you so much to all of our visitors and residents who donated to our staff raffle! We had enough prizes for everyone to win at least one item! The staff are over the moon with their prizes and very grateful!

Of course our staff have been well treated over the season, firstly getting their Christmas hampers from the company, filled to the brim with goodies and party food! We then had our usual raffle and our extra special Christmas raffle with lots of lucky winners and they are all thrilled! Christmas day and boxing day meant for a good fun shift with bacon buns and sandwiches for everyone!

We would like to thank our staff for all of their hard work as always, we couldn’t be here without them, they amaze us with their dedication and love for the residents every day!

We would like to wish you and your families a very happy new year and we hope to see you soon!

The Yeats Family

                                                                            

July 2023

Abbeyside

Along with the garden refurbishment, we have added some new signs which are looking great.

       

We very much enjoyed the great weather we had and hope there is more to come! We made the most of it by using our new garden for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks, ice lollies, and activities! We also got down to the beach for ice creams and picnics too.

I hope you all managed to get out and enjoy the sun too!

Claire England

Abbeyvale

As you may already be aware, we are unfortunately losing our wonderful assistant manager Fiona in July. Fiona has decided to take a step back from the front line of care and we wish her all the best wherever life takes her next. Ellah, who has been on management training with us once a week over the past year, will be coming to join our team permanently over the coming weeks and she is excited to get to know everyone!

I hope you have been enjoying the sun recently as we certainly have! We are very lucky to have our patio area that catches the sun perfectly and provides a great space for meals and of course some ice creams! We hope we have more sunshine to come.

Rhian Evans

The Grove

You may well have heard of some changes commencing within our care group over the past and coming weeks. Of course with our new patio area, we have developed another office in the activity lounge. With Alison’s role as director of care, our Training Manager Lesley who has been with the company for many years has moved her office here so that they can work together on policies and training.

We are sad to say that the Abbeyvale assistant manager has stepped back from her role. With this, Ellah will be taking on the role of assistant manager at Abbeyvale. We are sad to lose Ellah, but she will be working closely with the new administrator for some time before fully moving on. 

Our residents are at the heart of everything we do, and we wish to make all transitions as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

Alison Robertson

June 2023

Abbeyside

We were very kindly donated a beautiful bird table in memory of a late resident. We will keep it well topped up with food for the birds and look forward to seeing them all come to rest.

Claire England

Abbeyvale

We have had a lovely month packed with activities and lots of fun trips out. The residents have loved going out for an ice cream and trips to the coast! We are always open to outing ideas so please let us know of anywhere that you think our residents would enjoy!

Our garden is looking lovely with lots of flowers and plants in full bloom. Please feel free to use our outdoor areas during your visits, but please don’t forget hats and suncream as it gets warmer and sunnier! We will soon
be opening the new tearoom by the lounge for visitors. You will be welcome to
use our facilities to make refreshments or yourselves and your loved ones. We
will also have some biscuits. We are very happy to be getting this facility, we
just ask that you clean up after yourselves when you are done.

Rhian Evans

The Grove

The refurbished garden area is very near complete, and the area is looking lovely and bright, especially thanks to all the beautiful donations from you! A lovely group of volunteers have planted three fruit trees in the centre, and the residents have also planted some tomatoes that are getting lots of sun at the moment, so we will hopefully have some home-grown fresh fruit soon!

Alison Robertson