Strange goings-on have been witnesses at a local Dundee nursing home, where witnesses have been seeing the most unusual and dramatic sights, and hearing other-worldly sounds.
A wail of a time
Bridge View House’s original manse rises imposingly over the historic Magdalen Green and over the slivery Tay across the Tay Bridge in the heart of William McGonagall’s stomping grounds and just round the corner from Scotland’s greatest poet’s home.
…and a chilling tale
Staff and residents at the home reported strange goings on just a few days ago, when weird ghouls, ghosts and vampires walked the corridors of the old Georgian house, and the sound of singing, laughter and joy echoed through the home, as the party went on into the wee hours of the night!
Manager Heather Allison said; “We had a real scream at our annual Halloween Party when staff and residents joined in to create an atmospheric and fun party, when we let out our inner demons, and party animals.”
Some say they heard the voice of the great poet himself reciting his greatest works…
Our November care home activity planner is now available.
Friends and family are welcome to join us as we celebrate life at our nursing home in Dundee. There is something on every morning, and every afternoon at Bridge View; from arts and crafts to sing-alongs, and from knitting to bingo! Come join in the fun. Watch out for our Christmas Fayre coming on Saturday 24th November.
Rumours of a return to form with lucky fan returning to the stands
Popular care home resident, Jimmy enjoyed a fabulous VIP day out to Tannadice Park, the home of Dundee United, last Saturday. Jimmy is a life-long fan of United and has his room decorated in tangerine and black. Jimmy also met his all-time favourite player – Dundee United legend, Hamish McAlpine. If it is possible we think we saw an even bigger grin on his face than his usual happy smile. United won on the day, sparking a revival which will soon see them returning to the glory days of the early 80s. At least that’s what we, and of course Jimmy hopes.
We took a few photos on the day to mark the occasion and Hamish the Goalie looks as chuffed as Jimmy to see the Tangerines in winning form.
A big thank you to Dundee United Football Club, and an even bigger shout out to our staff who volunteer their time to make dreams come true for our care home residents.
Here are a few of the comments from residents and their familes:
“I’ve been here a week and it’s brilliant. The food is great and the bed’s comfy We did a lot of puzzles with the activity woman and I liked that. It’s a nice place with plenty of space and I’ve got a lovely big room, with no bad views.”
“It’s good here – the food’s good and the activities are good. I like to spend my time in my room. I come and go as I like but they don’t push me to do everything.”
“I love living here as I’m close to my brother who visits more often now.”
“Mum has been here for eight months. I know a good home when I see one. They phone me right away when there’s a problem. I looked at four other homes before deciding on here and I’ve never regretted it.”
“My Mum’s very well looked after. There’s nothing they could do more for her. She gets her hair done, goes for manicures and is often away on outings.”
“They’re spending quite a bit of money on this place.”
“The manager has relatives meeting on a monthly basis with alternate afternoon and evening times. I try to come along to them all as it’s important we support her, she is trying so hard.”
The Inspection report is so good it has featured in the Evening Post, where they quote the report in their headline, saying that the home’s staff are kind and caring. Of course, we already knew that, but it is nice to be recognised by the community.
We were delighted to see that our care home has featured in the Evening Telegraph, with the news that Bridge View excelled in our recent Care Inspection Report:
Home’s staff ‘kind and caring’
A CARE home in Dundee’s West End has been given a positive report by the Care Inspectorate.
Bridge View Care Home, which provides 24-hour care for a maximum of 42 older people, received a score of good for the quality of care and support, staffing, and management and leadership that it provides.
The home also scored a very good on the quality of environment, with the report stating: “We found the home to have been maintained to a high standard. It was clean and fresh with a high standard of decor.
“Residents told us they had enjoyed sitting in the front garden during the summer and had been supported by staff to do this. People told us the staff were kind and caring.”
The home was also given recommendations to carry out including improving the range of activities available, continuing to improve record keeping skills in staff, making sure medication is managed well following good practice guidance, and ensuring that all staff training needs are met and that staff complete any identified training.
A spokesman for the home said: “We are delighted. This is testament to the hard work of manager Heather Allison and her team.”
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