We enjoyed some very special visitors to our residential care home on Friday. Yes, your eyes do not deceive, we had ponies come to visit our nursing home. It was lovely to see residents’ (and staff!) faces light up when these beauties rode into town. We thought we’d share a few pictures with you, and hope these photos convey the joy and fun we had with these wonderful animals.
We held two very successful events at Bridge View House that we thought we might share with you; the Butterfly Café and Pet Therapy. The Café was well attended and residents loved the animals who came to visit and we even made friends with some lively geese!
Our newly named ‘Butterfly Café’ (formerly Dementia Café) met on Tuesday 23rd October and was very well attended. This is a two-monthly event led by our Activities Co-ordinator, Shona Kerwin. A lovely Halloween themed spread of home baking, courtesy of our resident cook – Shirley price, was a big hit with the residents’ families who attended.
We meet again on 17th January and we hope for a great attendance like yesterday.
The Butterfly Café takes place every few months and gives family and friends a safe place to talk about the challenges they face with their loved one’s dementia.
Bridge View House’s Dementia Café is going from strength to strength. Now it is being relaunched with a new, improved and friendly name; ‘The Butterfly Café’. Families have commented that the café is very informative and helps them immensely.
Our focus on Dementia
We know just how difficult it can be for families whose loved ones have dementia. We do everything we can to support our residents and their families. The Butterfly Café takes place every few months when families and friends are welcome to come to share their experiences and support one another in an informal and relaxing way. The event is organised by our very own Shona.
We are inspired by this wonderful short video we found online, about how a carer has connected with a resident and his quality of life has been transformed by music. This sums up in a beautiful way how people with dementia can be reached and find a way to express themselves.
Our activity programme, along with our Make a Wish Wednesday, finds ways to engage our residents, especially those suffering with dementia to re-engage with life and fun.
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