Visits from loved ones
We are so pleased to facilitate visits from friends and family again, under government guidance. Here's resident Keith receiving a visit from his daughter, Jane - they were excited to see each other!
A gift from Bath Radio makes residents' day!
Goodson Lodge residents have been enjoying playing with their new Smart Speaker courtesy of Bath Radio. Residents are able to request songs to be played on Bath Radio via an App.
They have requested their favourite songs through the daily 'Senior Moments' show and Bath Radio's automated 50s music is aired Monday to Saturday 4pm-6pm. Residents have enjoyed listening to and reminiscing about their favourite songs.
The speakers will be used by the Activities Team at Goodson Lodge to provide entertainment. Pat Grugeon said: “The speaker will benefit our residents by invoking memories of favourite songs so that they can reminisce about the music and the memories attached to them. It is lovely that everyone has the opportunity to request their favourite songs.”
A lovely way to stay in touch
When Wiltshire Wildlife Trust got in touch with details of a new community engagement project, Avonbourne residents jumped at the chance to be involved.
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, out of their Coombe Bissett Down nature reserve, they had hoped to deliver nature based sessions to older people living in the Salisbury area.
However, with lockdown restrictions putting paid to that, they came up with an innovative idea to engage and that's how we received Nature Postcard activity packs.
The packs contain pre-stamped blank postcards and nature based images of Wiltshire’s wildlife which can be cut out and used as a collaging activity to decorate the blank postcards.
This activity has invoked wonderful memories of walks in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.
Once finished, they can then be sent to friends and family as a lovely way of staying in touch.
Changing spaces - Murial's idea to create a reading room
Murial, one of our residents came up with the idea of turning one of the smaller meeting areas into a quiet space where residents can enjoy reading their favourite book or watching the wildlife in the garden, whilst listening to classical music.
Ideas are always welcomed from our residents and this one has been a huge success; the room has become a private space offering calm and tranquillity to our residential household.
Thank you Murial.
Lake House spreads positivity
The home decided to ask its local community for contributions to a ‘Positivity Challenge’. Anyone could enter by sending poems, stories, video clips or letters to residents at Lake House. It gave people the opportunity to share their creativity as well as bringing a smile to residents at the home.
As well as many poems, artwork and stories, residents received a wonderful video, filmed and created by children in the village.