The residents at our all-inclusive care home have all been super busy this past month, with lots of activities taking place outside of our home.
Harrier Grange Care Home received a warm invitation from James' Place to partake in their MacMillan Coffee Morning and take a tour of their new facilities. Several of our residents were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to venture out of our home and join them for a delightful social gathering. Upon arrival, our hosts warmly welcomed us at their entrance, and throughout the morning, we received attentive care from some of the regular members of their community.
We had the pleasure of exploring their impressive creative and social spaces, which left us thoroughly inspired to return for an arts and crafts session. Additionally, we had the privilege of meeting Max and Fudge, their charming Emotional Support dogs, who made a special appearance towards the end of our visit, assisting their robot hoover in ensuring no crumbs were left behind.
We also took a trip to Bourne Valley's 'Pick Your Own Pumpkins' event, where several of our staff handpicked some wonderful pumpkins to decorate our home just in time for Halloween. We even persuaded our Home Manager, Baiju, to step away from his desk for the afternoon and join in the fun, because even managers deserve a chance to unwind every now and then!
After carefully selecting our pumpkins, our staff and residents gathered for a delightful afternoon tea at their charming café. Here, we indulged in freshly baked homemade cakes and refreshing beverages while relishing the opportunity to reconnect away from the usual hustle and bustle of our home.
Venturing into the community and lending support to local charities and national organisations such as James Place and Macmillan, or even embracing small, family-run businesses like Bourne Valley Farms, plays a pivotal role in fostering a healthy balance between daily routines, special events, and social engagement. This mirrors the kind of active and independent lives our residents used to lead and it is important to us that we enable them to continue to live their lives this way.
While we make every effort to achieve this balance through the scheduled activities we offer within the home, there's nothing quite like stepping outside and chatting with people beyond the familiar faces you see at the dinner table.
It's also a fantastic chance for residents to engage with their local community, rekindle connections and experience the world as it is today. Our residents' earlier years were marked by a vastly different landscape compared to the one we inhabit today. It's vital not to shield them from this transformation, enabling them to experience and live through it firsthand, just as we do. At Harrier Grange Care Home, we consistently advocate and foster independence, including opportunities for social interaction beyond their living arrangements, to help them attain a truly well-rounded lifestyle.
All in all, these outings were a resounding success with our residents and we're eagerly looking forward to organising more of them in the future to uphold our values and principles as a care home.
If you're aware of any companies or have suggestions for excursions for your loved ones, please don't hesitate to get in contact with our activities team.