Westgate Healthcare Gets Creative!
The staff at Westgate Healthcare have been thinking of new ways to entertain our residents, and have found that in fact, Westgate's got talent! In the past few weeks, residents, staff, and the homes’ local communities have all shown off their creative streak, and it's too good not to share.
Riverdale have been getting crafty in the home, with the residents getting involved with some hat-making, colouring in pictures, and even creating a sea marine collage! In the hope that they will be discovered in a hundred years, residents also made time capsules, each writing a note for the future generation. Resident Norman thinks that by the time the capsules are discovered, we will have evolved into half-fish and half-human.
St Pauls have got their eyes on the prize for the 'Westgate in Bloom' competition and have been getting creative with all the donations received for their sensory garden. Residents have been busy painting old CD's to hang in the garden, as well as decorating pots and sticks, adding colour and life into everyday objects.
Westgate Houses' carer Lianne has been showing off her artistic flair, drawing a magnificent elephant on the homes’ blackboard! Lianne drew the elephant with the message 'Stay Safe Together' to highlight the importance of shielding others during these unprecedented times. Team member Ian, and his mum have been expressing their creativity in the kitchen, treating everyone to some delicious shortbread and cheesecake. Watch out Bake Off!
At Ashview Nursing Home, some of the residents and team members performed 'The Three Little Pigs' production, narrated by resident Eileen. It was great fun, with everyone getting involved, dressing up, and putting their acting skills to the test! Since being unable to visit the home, residents' families have been sending in lots of pictures and with the teams' help, they made photo books to store and treasure them forever.
The local community has also been getting into the creative spirit, sending Hampden Hall lots of handmade goodies. The 'Sewing For NHS' group kindly gifted staff wash bags and knitted headbands. A local friend of the home, handmade 'Ear Favours' for all of the staff, to help avoid sore ears from their essential PPE masks.
Byron House Care Home had fun decorating some delicious biscuit delicacies, getting creative with the designs, one being a unicorn! Residents also decided to get creative with their own style. Frances decided to opt for a gorgeous lilac hairdo, dyed by Activities Lead, Leanne. She looked beautiful! Staff got in on the action and jumped on the TikTok wagon, learning a brilliant dance and showing what Byron House is all about, fun!
To thank the staff for their hard work recently, Activities Lead, Angie, handmade every staff member a personalised peg keyring, each with a little rainbow attached and a 'Thank you' card. They looked amazing!
It's great to see that all of Westgate Healthcare's homes have been keeping creative, with both staff and residents getting involved and staying motivated and upbeat during this surreal time. You know what they say, creativity is intelligence having fun.