Happy Birthday Ian

This Sunday marked a very special occasion here at the Manor House as the family of one of our residents, Ian, were able to join him for a Birthday Party here in The Hub.

It’s no secret that the last 17 months have been tough on everyone due to limitations on visiting due to Covid-19.  To be able to see families together like this at The Manor House made this an extra special day – I think it’s safe to say there was a lot of emotion from both the family and the staff.

Thank you to Ian’s family for reaching out to us to allow us to make the necessary arrangements for you to be able to hold this party in The Hub.  We understand families want to be together and to see Ian, surrounded by family, back with his wife Joyce who was a former resident at the Manor House but has recently been able to move home was truly joyous.

Ian’s daughters said

“We just wanted to thank everyone involved in organising our birthday party for Dad yesterday. We all had a really lovely time, and the high tea was amazing!

Dad really enjoyed his party and clapped along when we all sang Happy Birthday to him.  We also made a playlist of a lot of his favourite songs, and he loved that.  Mum also got emotional when she saw so many of us there.

It was a great afternoon, thank you all so much”

Feedback like this means everything to us.  We will always do everything we can to accommodate your requests and if we can support a family reunion like this, we most certainly will!

Birthday celebrations at the manor house nursing home
Ian shares his birthday with his family

manor house birthday party

Congratulations Martin!

Senior Care Assistant Martin Pedley’s hard work and determination has been recognised with an award from Stafford College.

Martin, who joined the Manor House in August 2015 has completed his NVQ2 in HSC and is now working towards level 3 including Medication Management, will attend a prestigious ceremony at Stafford County Showground in September to receive the award.

Glenys Green, Health & Social Care Assessor/IQA from Newcastle and Stafford college Group said, “The senior management team have organised a Celebration Awards night to celebrate those that have gone above and beyond during their course, particularly with the year and half we have had with regards to Covid, because as I am sure you know it has not been easy for anyone.

As staff we were asked to nominate someone who we felt was a worthy candidate for these awards and although I have a lot of worthy candidates, I just felt that Martin had the edge due to what he has experienced, the challenges he has come across with his own learning barriers and how much he has developed during the course. I am delighted that he has won an award!”

Jayne Wood, Registered Manager at the Manor House said, “he is a worthy winner, and he should be proud of what he has achieved. Martin puts the same dedication and commitment to is studies as he does here at the Nursing Home.   He doesn’t let having dyslexia hold him back and he has grown from strength to strength.  Well done Martin!  We are very much looking forward to joining you at the award ceremony in September.”

Jodie McVay, Managing Director added, “supporting our staff through their studies is something we are very passionate about at the Manor House, and to see one of our staff receive such very well-deserved recognition is wonderful.  We thank Stafford College for acknowledging Martin’s hard work”

This means everything…

This means everything to us…

To all staff, we would like to thank you for all of the love and care that has been given to (name removed for data protection) since he has been with you; this has been the best care home he has been in.  We always thought he was well looked after at all times. He settled I this home. Thank you for you care and support given to the family.

 To all staff, we are so thankful and grateful for all of the care and compassion you gave.

You are all diamonds.

We regularly receive lovely thank you cards and gifts.  And, whilst we do not do this job for the thanks it means the world to the team to know we have helped.  For families to take the time during a very tough period to write to us means everything to the team who we always share your cards with.

Every member of our team becomes deeply attached to our residents and their families.  We are here to help, and to care.  To know that we have helped someone to settle, to be comfortable, well cared for and to support the family through a difficult time is the reason we all come to work every day.  To the families of our residents – thank you for trusting us to take care of the people you love so dearly and giving us chance to become part of your family.

Themed Thursdays

We have introduced themed Thursdays!  This June saw us launch our new themed Thursday events where we will host themed lunches in The Hub to give our residents chance to try different food and cultural activities from across the globe.

We started with Italian, followed by Indian then Chinese with plans for Spanish and Mexican to name just a few.  Over the coming months we’ll be travelling the culinary world!

We’ll decorate The Hub with balloons in the colours of the flag for the country of choice as well as having menu options inspired by the themes’ cuisine such as curry, paella, tortillas, or spaghetti.   Photo menus will be used to help to show the residents what to expect for their lunch; as always, all dietary requirements outlined in every resident’s individual care plan will still be adhered to.  The staff will dress up to bring the theme to life and of course, as we like to see feet tapping, hands clapping and faces smiling here at The Manor House, we’ll put on music for residents to enjoy a dance with our care staff…. from the flamenco to bhangra and the mariachi we think Themed Thursdays will encourage a lot of fun!

Member of the care team donates

Thank you Liz!

Liz, a member of the Care Staff Team here at The Manor House recently took part in a guess how many Jellybeans in the jar competition organised by Karisa Healthcare, promoting Dementia Action Week.  Liz won and very kindly brought in the amazing price which consisted of a hamper full of books and activities, and of course the jar of jellybeans – which our residents have thoroughly enjoyed.

Thank you, Liz, for donating your prize to us!

Member of the care team donates

Our new monthly online relatives’ meeting

We’ve just launched our first ever online relatives’ meeting. This is a chance for relatives to all meet, online and catch up with the management team at The Manor House. As the feedback has been very positive, we will be holding these monthly from now on. All relatives will get the chance to submit items for the agenda in advance of the meeting.

As well as discussing anything of importance to you, we can give relatives updates about what is happening at The Manor House, tell you any plans for events, changes for visiting in line with Government Guidelines for Covid-19 and everything else it is important for our relatives to know. The meeting is also a chance for a relative to share their thoughts, we know it isn’t easy for relatives having someone they love reside in a Care Home, and hopefully seeing faces and talking with other people offers some level of support.

For any more personal questions that relatives would not wish to discuss in an open forum our phones are always manned so there is never a need to wait for a meeting for any questions you may have; we are always here and happy to talk.

St George’s Day celebrations

On Friday 23rd April we celebrated St George’s Day. Despite St George’s Day not being celebrated as widely as it used to be throughout the country, for many of our residents this is a day they will have celebrated for many years and we love to follow traditions and ensure our residents get to too.

We celebrate St George’s Day every year – but this year given the pandemic we have faced and limitations on visits and outings we wanted to make it extra special for our residents.

We decorated the Hub and put on a party! We made flags and the residents were visited by a couple of special guests – 2 Shetland ponies escorted by one of our Manager’s children dressed in traditional attire. Bringing in animals, or ‘pet therapy’ as it is known, is something we do regularly at the Manor House with carefully selected animals. Animals are known to bring joy and happiness and petting an animal can have a very calming influence. For residents with dementia, those who have perhaps owned a pet in their life, visits from animals can help them recall memories and experience a feeling of joy and happiness by their presence.

A really great day was enjoyed by everyone, as well as the decorations and ponies, we turned up the music for a sing and dance and enjoyed lovely food. We’re very much looking forward to our next celebration. Hopefully, it won’t be long and we can invite all relatives to join in too.

Exploring our Sensory Garden

Now Spring has arrived, the daffodils are popping up and colour is filling our gardens it seemed opportune time to write about our sensory garden.  It won’t be long before the sun comes out and our residents can spend their days relaxing in the gardens. 

A project built with care and attention; the sensory garden was created by Jacqui McVay who designed this purpose-built haven within the grounds of The Manor House.  The vast lawns with seating areas lead the way to a garden that is full of hidden delights.  Beautiful features like statues and an old boat, plants attracting butterflies and a herb garden laden with photos and descriptions provide variety and lots of areas of interest for our residents to enjoy.

The paths intertwine towards a memory tree and stag statue who takes pride of place. 

A barbeque located within a gazebo is ready for summertime parties for residents and their loved ones.

The garden also features a paddock where we regularly bring in petting animals for our residents to interact with.  A greenhouse and potting areas are located within the garden for our green fingered residents.

We’re really looking forward to spending time in the gardens this spring and summer, and hopefully welcoming back visitors once again.

Look out for photos of the gardens on our Facebook page.

Valentine’s Day Special

Love was well and truly in the air this Valentine’s Day.  We make the most of significant occasions at The Manor House and Valentine’s Day gives us an extra chance to make our residents smile.  We understand that occasions like Valentine’s Day not only offer a chance for us to put on a spread and a party, but need to be approached with sensitivity and compassion, as for some of our residents they may be spending a Valentine’s Day without waking up next to their spouse or partner for the first time in decades. 

We spent the week before Valentine’s Day making Valentine’s crafts and cards and our dedicated Activity’s Team decorated The Hub with balloons and flowers.  Those residents that were able, joined us for a three course Valentine’s Dinner with Cream of Tomato Soup, Roast Beef with new potatoes, carrot batons, garden peas, Yorkshire Puddings and gravy followed by Raspberry Roulade with fresh cream or fresh strawberries.

This year was extra special as we were able to ensure our resident couple Ian and Joyce shared the day.  We ensured they exchanged cards, and spent their day together, they enjoyed a romantic meal and we made them a heart shaped cake to share.

After dinner, the music came on and we enjoyed singing and dancing.  We like to turn up the music when we can, the staff get involved and the residents sing and dance or tap their feet and clap their hands depending on their health, either way music and involvement from the team sees a sea of smiles and laughter fill the room.  We want to ensure our residents are happy and enjoying themselves and as the old saying goes ‘music be the food of love’ and we do indeed feel it at The Manor House.

Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more photos of celebrations.


Christmas at the manor house

Christmas in our Nursing Home

Who says Christmas is just for children? Certainly not us.  Christmas is a truly magical time and we like to embrace the season.  This year has been different, to keep our residents safe, we have not been able to invite the usual flurry of choirs and schools into our home nor were we able to go out for our annual Christmas lunch…. but that does not mean Christmas was cancelled!

Thanks to Ansons School in Great Haywood we enjoyed a Christmas nativity via Zoom.  We got creative making Christmas clothing ready for Christmas jumper day, and we transformed The Hub into a restaurant for our Christmas Dinner on 15th December.

We were advised not to install Christmas decorations inside this year for infection control, which we of course adhered to as whilst this is incredibly sad, health comes first, but this did not stop us from going all out with our outside lights which the residents could enjoy from both the comfort of their rooms and lounges areas as soon as the sunset each day, and when we went for a stroll outside.  Beautiful reindeer, and dancing snowman and Santa in his sleigh sat pride of place.

Thanks to the Silver Santa project working with Ansons School once again, we received a wonderful delivery of Christmas gifts meaning we could spoil every single one of our residents on Christmas morning.  The day itself was still as joyous as always, with Christmas dinner, crackers complete with party hats and cracker jokes and singing Christmas songs.

We make the most of all special occasions and Christmas 2020 was just as special as always.  We know it was incredibly hard for relatives not able to visit and continue to thank you for our patience as we get through Covid safely together.

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