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.
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