Games for a laugh

CARE HOME OPEN DAY EVENTS IN­CLUDE A COM­MON­WEALTH COM­PE­TI­TION

Uxbridge Gazette - - News -

LIVE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT and de­li­cious dishes were en­joyed at two West Dray­ton care homes which wel­comed vis­i­tors last month.

Two homes – Franklin House in and The Bur­roughs on Mill Road – cel­e­brated Care Home Open Day on April 21.

The day is a coun­try­wide ini­tia­tive set up to de­velop last­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween care homes and com­mu­ni­ties, and to dis­pel com­mon myths about care home life.

Franklin House hosted a royal-themed gar­den party for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors in­clud­ing the Mayor of Hilling­don, Coun­cil­lor Carol Melvin. They raised a glass to the Queen on her 92nd birth­day.

Ev­ery­one en­joyed a read­ing ses­sion led by Chris­tine Selvy from the West Dray­ton li­brary, as well as a cook­ing demon­stra­tion with the home’s bak­ing club and chil­dren of St Cather­ine’s Pri­mary School. There was also live en­ter­tain­ment from Ves­sela Stoy­anova, who sang songs from the 1960s, and Clive Sil­ver­man, which got ev­ery­one in the party spirit.

A cream tea in the af­ter­noon, and a slice of ‘royal’ cake spe­cially made by Franklin House’s chef Paul Jankowski rounded off the day.

Mathew V Mathew, home man­ager at Franklin House, said: “We had a fan­tas­tic time cel­e­brat­ing Care Home Open Day this year – I think it might just be our best yet!

“It was won­der­ful to see so many of our neigh­bours join us for the oc­ca­sion. The res­i­dents all re­ally en­joyed mark­ing the Queen’s birth­day with a party, Home man­ager Saad Baig and acting home man­ager Sal­ima Boateng keep score at the games and open day

and the bak­ing was a hit with res­i­dents and guests alike. “

At The Bur­roughs on Mill Road, the care team marked the oc­ca­sion with an in­ter-home Com­mon­wealth Games held be­tween The Bur­roughs and neigh­bour­ing care home, Whitby Dene in East­cote.

Guests were de­lighted to watch a spe­cial clos­ing and pass­ing of the torch cer­e­mony or­gan­ised by the team, in­clud­ing live en­ter­tain­ment and fire­works.

Res­i­dents car­ried out weeks of ex­er­cise and train­ing led by both a phys­io­ther­a­pist and the life­style teams at Whitby Dene and The Bur­roughs to get Com­mon­wealth Games-ready.

Dur­ing the event, the res­i­dents took part in a va­ri­ety of com­pet­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing vol­ley­ball, an egg and spoon race, bas­ket­ball, a tar­get game and 10 pin bowl­ing.

To top off the day, ev­ery­one who took part re­ceived par­tic­i­pa­tion medals, and res­i­dents and vis­i­tors en­joyed a de­li­cious Bill Stephen­son with life­style co or­di­na­tor Bubs Birdi at The Bur­roughs Care Home’s Com­mon­wealth Games Care as­sis­tants Diya Gu­rung and Aman­deep Kaur and res­i­dent Doreen Main­war­ing make a cake for the royal party at Franklin Hous Photo credit : Si­mon Ja­cobs

meal with dishes in­spired by Com­mon­wealth coun­tries, spe­cially pre­pared by The Bur­roughs’ chefs.

Saad Baig, home man­ager at The Bur­roughs, said: “We had a won­der­ful day. The res­i­dents all had a fan­tas­tic time mak­ing

home­made bunting and tak­ing part in the com­pet­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties. Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated for their bril­liant ef­forts!

“We are espe­cially de­lighted to have been cho­sen to win the Best Care UK Event award”

IM­AGES: SI­MON JA­COBS

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