It was a beautiful crisp and frosty morning here in Shaftesbury.
Gold Hill and Blackmore Vale looked stunning with a sprinkling of silver and as I walked to work it felt good to be alive.
With only a few weeks to go now until Christmas our Homes are buzzing with preparations. On the horizon there are visits from various schools and societies to sing Christmas carols to our residents. We also have the ‘Ring out the Bells’ panto coming up on 8th and 16th of December and Santa is coming to visit our residents, staff and their children on the 21st and 22nd of December.
Up at Castle Hill House they have been baking mince pies and the activities team have been showing them how to decorate snowflakes with glue and glitter.
Down at Cedars fun was had one morning when ‘Strictly’ came to the lounge. Lucie, our Activities Team Leader, danced the Tango with Denis, one of our residents, much to the amusement and admiration of everyone looking on. They too are decorating snowflakes and stars to make the lounge look festive.
Sadly, amongst all these happy activities one of our lovely residents passed away at Cedars Nursing Home at the weekend. She died peacefully surrounded by her loved ones and was treated with the utmost sensitivity and care by our staff. Part of our purpose at Cedars Castle Hill is to provide end of life care, giving grace to our residents in their final days and making their passing pain free and dignified. One of her oldest friends visited her on Friday, when I was covering reception, and she had nothing but praise for our wonderful staff, she said that her friend was “beautifully cared for”
I am sorry to end my blog on a sad note but to hear such a positive response from a loved one makes all that we do here at Cedars Castle Hill seem worthwhile. Whether it be keeping our residents well fed, amused and stimulated or providing them with excellent nursing care it is always reassuring to know that we are doing our job and doing it well!