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Bum bag brigade helping care home residents

Bum bag brigade helping care home residents

A BUM bag brigade is marching around a Northumberland care home helping residents with dementia feel calmer and more sociable.

Staff at The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, have taken to wearing the 90s fashion accessory filled with items to help the residents reminisce. 

Each bag has a set of vintage playing cards with different pictures, including animals, flowers and Christmas icons. They also carry two small pots of fragranced oils, such as coconut, chocolate, candy floss and toasted marshmallows.

As care staff conduct their daily duties, they can stop and show residents a card or offer a fragrance, which has been particularly beneficial for those living with dementia.

Menagerie make unlikely friends with care home residents

Menagerie make unlikely friends with care home residents

A MENAGERIE including exotic reptiles and birds visited elderly care home residents to provide companionship and smiles.  

Kirkleatham Owl Centre, in Redcar, helped residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home make some unlikely friends during their visit.

The home, on Randolph Street, Saltburn, welcomed a host of creatures such as snakes, tarantulas and tortoises. 

Tina Temple, home manager at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, said: “It was wonderful to see the residents interacting with the animals. 

“The big hit of the day was the skinny pigs, which are hairless guinea pigs. 

“None of the residents had ever seen them before and they wanted us to adopt them immediately.

Café serves care home residents supermarkets’ surplus

Café serves care home residents supermarkets’ surplus

CARE home residents received a special invitation to a Skelmersdale café that specialises in turning supermarket surplus food into delicious meals.  

Residents and staff at Aaron Crest Care Home, on Tanhouse Road, were given the VIP treatment at the nearby Junk Food Café.

Café coordinator David Scott reserved a table and served a home cooked, three-course banquet after spotting several of the home’s residents walking by.

They pass the Tanhouse Community Centre, where the café opens every Wednesday, on their weekly walk to the newsagents.

David invited them in for a tour before offering to cook for them if they returned with fellow residents and staff from the care home.

Animals bring joy to children and care home residents

Animals bring joy to children and care home residents

Four-legged friends were the latest guests at a Stockton-on-Tees care home – with farm animals and reptiles paying residents a visit. 

Mobile farm company Animals About Town brought the creatures for an animal therapy session at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane.

Among the furry and feathery critters were goats, chickens, geese, guinea pigs, a rabbit, hare, tortoise and sheep.

The home also invited children from Cheeky Monkees Day Nursery, on Baysdale Road, to join in with the session.

Nursery staff brought a hamper filled with biscuits, chocolates and other treats as a thank you.

Resident Doreen Flynn said: “I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the animals and holding the guinea pig. I hope they visit the home again soon.”

Family farm raises hundreds for Teesside care home residents

Ingleby Care Home

PIZZA, pints and prosecco have helped raise hundreds of pounds for Teesside care home residents.

A fundraising event was held at Lowfields Farm, near Stainton, for residents at Ingleby Care Home, Ingleby Barwick.

Pints of cider and lager, prosecco and soft drinks, a cake sale, pizzas, blow-up gladiator and sumo activities and a bouncy castle generated £621 in donations.

The farm is owned by the granddaughter of one of the home’s residents, Joyce Marsay.

Jayne Kendall threw the event after being impressed with the improvements in her grandmother’s mobility and sociability since moving into the care home.

'Tasty Thursdays' Help make food fun

Avalon nursing home in Bridgwater is providing cooking sessions for residents with dementia as a way of keeping them interested in eating and drinking.

For many people living with a memory disorder eating nutritious meals can become a challenge as cognitive function declines.

This can lead to weight loss and problems including fatigue, a higher risk of infection and less muscle strength and dehydration.

Avalon, run by Camelot Care, has introduced ‘Tasty Thursday’ sessions where individuals can come together to prepare dishes.

“It’s all about having fun with food and helping our residents maintain a positive and healthy attitude towards eating and drinking,” said activities coordinator Lisa Priddice’

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

Sweet treat for care home residents during Chocolate Week

National Chocolate Week has been celebrated at a Stockton on Tees care home with a special tasting session for residents.


The UK’s largest celebration of the sweet treat saw elderly residents at Ingleby Care Home dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a fountain of chocolate.


Resident Olive Smith said: “I just wanted one strawberry dipped in chocolate but it tasted so good I had a few more and a couple of marshmallows as well.”


Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “What could be more fun than Chocolate Week.


“The chocolate fountain was a huge hit as residents enjoyed dipping the strawberries in the melted chocolate.


Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

Drag queen performs pop classics for care home residents

ELDERLY care home residents enjoyed entertainment of an unusual sort when they attended a drag act in Chester Le Street.


Residents from Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, took a stroll to the nearby community centre to watch the show.


The drag artist and cabaret entertainer, Miss Dixie Swallows, covered songs by Tina Turner and Cilla Black, among other classic pop songs.


Resident Norma White said: “I’m so pleased I went. I laughed so much.”

Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “Initially, some of the residents were concerned it wasn’t their cup of tea, but after a couple of numbers they really enjoyed it.