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Here at The Orders of St John Care Trust our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our residents, colleagues and visitors in our services. We are providing regular updates and answers to your questions about COVID-19 via the Coronavirus Information page of this website.

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OSJCT Moments

Loved ones reunited at Grace Care Centre

Loved ones reunited at Grace Care Centre

One of our residents was delighted to see her very close friend, Ruth, after months apart. They both enjoyed a catch up over a cup of tea and a biscuit. It is fantastic to see smiles on faces as loved ones are reunited again. 

Grace Care Centre reaps benefits of innovative Magic Table

Grace Care Centre reaps benefits of innovative Magic Table

A cutting-edge Magic Table has been introduced into Grace Care Centre over the past few weeks. The digital touch-screen device allows users to play interactive games and has been proven to encourage social and physical stimulation.

The product is also portable, which has proven particularly useful at a time when lockdown measures across the country have made it difficult to run varied activity programmes.

Leanne Duffety, Head of Dementia Care at Grace Care Centre, said: “Since the introduction of our Magic Table a few weeks ago, we have seen a positive effect on the well-being of our residents with reduced anxiety, apathy and restlessness.”

Residents and staff team up to create garden allotment

Residents and staff team up to create garden allotment

Residents and the team at Chestnut Court have been working hard as a group to set up their very own onsite allotment.

The home now has access to freshly grown strawberries, runner beans, potatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and much more. They have even built their very own scarecrow to fend off any unwanted guests!

The lockdown has also been difficult for families and friends of loved ones in our homes who have, until recently, been unable to visit. Here’s what some of them had to say on the independent review website - carehome.co.uk

I was in the sad position of having my Mum deteriorate and sadly die during this time and was unable to be with her until the very end but the staff were amazing, they kept me updated throughout and at the very end I was allowed to be with her. They met at the door with mask, aprons and gloves and as far as I could see, absolutely every precaution was being taken with gloves and aprons all along the corridors. I was able to stay with her while she passed away, with the staff offering me cups of tea and support throughout and for as long as I wished to stay after she had passed, for which I will be eternally grateful.

Music therapy

Music therapy

A local husband and wife team gave our residents a little bit of music therapy from the garden. All the residents were in their rooms listening out of the windows to a great selection of music, and some made song requests!

Raising money for Alzheimer's Society

Raising money for Alzheimer's Society

You're never far from a delicious slice of cake at Larkrise, and last week they tucked in with a clear conscience to raise money for Alzheimer's Society on their annual cupcake day! 🧁🧁🧁 It was a little different to usual, with PPE at the ready and social distancing in full swing. The cakes were as tasty as ever though, and lots was raised for a very deserving cause! ❤️

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