I have had a really busy June /July as I went on Holiday to Butlin’s in Minehead. It was my first Holiday in 13yrs
The Close arranged for me to go on Holiday with 2 Carers and fulfil my dream I’ve wanted for a long time.
I was so excited with all staff and resident wishing me a lovely holiday as I left.
We went in our Close Minibus with my Carers Jolly and Dawn.
We stopped at the Services for lunch when we were half way there and a toilet break, then Jolly and Dawn changed over to drive the rest of the way.
Off again on our journey I was getting even more excited.
When we arrived at Butlin’s it looked amazing. Dawn went into the booking Reception and got our card for the door of our chalet we had a lovely ground floor apartment and guess who had the double bed……Me! I was like a star fish in bed with so much room.
I was very tired the first night from traveling and looking around the Butlin’s resort enjoying ice cream and refreshments and all the excitement so I went to bed early.
Every morning I got up at 8.30 for a shower the shower chair was on the small side which made me laugh every morning.
We then went to the dining hall and had Breakfast I had scrambled egg and baked beans. Poor Jolly and Dawn, I didn’t smell very nice by the afternoon. I did giggle.
We went for walks along the seafront and to the shops and I loved looking in all the shops and watching the sea.
At dinner time I would go to the dining hall and enjoy the freshly cooked meals I had so many different meals I can’t remember what I had but I know I enjoyed them all. Yummy!
I went swimming they had a very good chair that I could be wheeled into the water with I enjoyed kicking my legs and arms in the water splashing Jolly and Dawn.
I would have loved to go down the big slide but enjoyed watching people sliding down.
I wrote a postcard and sent it back to the close for them to read I enjoyed that.
The evening entertainment was brilliant. I went to the club most nights. I saw an Elvis Presley Tribute that was amazing. His voice was just like Elvis and he looked like him too.
Then it was the Wham tribute. I was moving in my chair dancing and singing to all the words, it was a brilliant evening.
Then Forty Degrees band that was good too plus more.
I brought some Butlin’s teddies for my friends and myself and some other presents to bring home as I love buying gifts.
On the Friday I was so tired we got up and showered then went for our last breakfast at the dining hall.
We left Butlin’s at 10.10am after Jolly and Dawn loaded the Van.
We again stopped at the services on the way home for Lunch but we didn’t arrive back to the Close until 3.40pm as the traffic was really bad.
When I arrived back at the Close everyone greeted me it was so nice to see everyone.
I was so exhausted from my adventure I went straight to bed.
My whole Holiday was so much fun and giggles and laughter just as I dreamed of.
A big Thank you to Andrea, Steve, Richard, Jolly and Dawn for organising my holiday with me
I love you all.
I’m looking forward to Next year
Bye for now
Lots of kisses
Hi everyone again!
Where has this year flown too!? I am very excited at the moment because next month on the 30th I will be whisking off to the Bognor Regis Butlin’s for a week’s holiday! I told Steve (one of the clinical managers) that I wanted to go away and he and the activity girls organised it for me! Two of my favourite carers Johnnie and Dawn are coming with me and will be taking turns driving me up there! I am really looking forward to it because I hadn’t been on holiday in twelve years. That was when I was at home with my mum. We went to Amouthy in Italy, we had a lovely time!
I’ve also been very busy over the last few weeks as usual. I’ve been sat in the sun a lot trying to build up my tan and I have gone very brown! Haven’t we been lucky with the weather!
Last Friday Andrea, Tabbi and Tina took me and some of my friends from the close, on a boat ride from Eynesham lock. It was a beautiful hot sunny day! We saw sheep, ducks, swans and other animals. We enjoyed a cup of tea and some of my friends brought their family members with them. It was a very long journey we left at 12.30 and didn’t get back until 18.05! The lovely kitchen made us some delicious packed lunches. I really enjoyed myself.
I also had a lovely treat last week! My favourite guitarist/singer, Cody, came in to perform for us. He’s great when he comes I sang along to a lot of the songs and had a dance! I’ve also had my nails painted and trimmed again by Tabbi, while I was sat in the garden sunbathing. I chose a lovely bright colour and we had a nice chat.
I also went out to the Didcot wave café. I sat with Andrea and one of my friends while Tabbi went in and swam with two of my other friends. That was really nice. Andrea always makes me laugh!
We have also had a few cooking and baking activities, although I’ve been so busy enjoying the lovely weather in the gardens that I only went to one of them. We made fairy cakes and then decorated them, they weren’t burnt and no eggs got broken this time wehay! I enjoy the baking because I get to have a go at everything myself. They tasted delicious and the spare ones got shared with some of my friends that lived here and the carers.
Finally, another highlight of my month is that I decided I wanted a new look last Thursday. So, I went to our in-house hair salon. They very quickly gave me a new makeover and I’ve got this really cool red streak in my hair! I love it and I feel really trendy!
That’s all for now folks, lots of love!
Three big smackeroos!!!!!!!!
Hello everyone again!
Didn’t last month go past very quickly again! I have had a very nice Easter month, One of my favourite things that I have done was garden photography, with Andrea. She does photography outside of working here, so she told us all about it and showed us some examples of her work! She then gave us the opportunity to take some pictures of our beautiful garden! I asked her if I could pose for some pictures in the garden and she took some photos of me. I had a lot of fun and did a lot of different poses!
We also had some creepy crawlies come in and visit us from zoo lab. The man brought in a few different creatures and told us all about them. He also let us old them if we wanted to, I held a pink corn snake and it sat on my shoulders! I also held a massive bug in my left hand. I think it was called a giant millipede. It tickled when it walked up my arm. Some of the staff and other residents were too scared to hold the bugs, Tabbi tried to but panicked and changed her mind. But they didn’t scare me!
We have also had a few people come in and perform for us we have had Lee Wilkinson come in last weekend. He is one of my favourites. He sings and plays guitar, but I missed him as I wasn’t very well. Before that however, we had tickled pink come in and perform a wild western show. They dressed up in cowgirl outfits and sang different western songs while acting out a play about two girls trying to become ‘ladies’. It was very funny and I really enjoyed it. They even let me dress up in a feather scarf and a cowgirl hat. I felt like one of the cowgirls in the play!
I also saw the saxophonist who was great! I had to leave early as my brother came in to see me, I love seeing my family they come in and see me whenever they want. I love them very much.
On the week leading up to Easter there were load so of Easter related stuff to do. There was making Easter cakes, Easter cards even and Easter quiz! I took part in the Easter quiz and got a few of the questions myself! On Good Friday, I made my own eater bonnet we had our own sun hats and loads of decorations to stick on. Tabbi helped us all when we couldn’t stick them on our own, but I did most of mine myself. I was very proud of mine and wore it all round the home to show everyone.
On the Saturday before Easter Sunday, we had an Easter fun day lots of the staff brought in their children and the other residents families came in with grandchildren. I was really nice. I went out before the eater egg hunt started and sneakily took three eggs that I found and gave them to the children! I was in the wheelchair race and I came last! But kind Andrea gave me a beautiful fluffy dog in my Easter egg hunt basket, which I now have sat up in my bedroom. Then in the Easter raffle I won another little cuddly bunny, I’ve sat him with the little doggy. I really, really enjoyed my Easter with all my friends!!
Last week we had a St Georges celebration down in the bistro, loads of us went down and it was really nice to chat and have a giggle with my friends! After that I had my nails painted and cut! I love picking the colour of nail polish that I have, the colours match my kind, happy and joyful personality!
Finally one of my highlights of this month are that we went bowling at Hollywood bowl last Friday! That was real fun! I got 99 points!! I was really proud of myself! I think 8 of us went all together then we split up in to teams. Tabbi and Andrea were rubbish they both lost! We had lunch there afterwards and had a delicious strawberry shake with our meal. I felt really lucky to have gone to that!
I’ve also been to the Benson café recently and had a delicious juice and a lemon cake! So when I said I had been busy I was not joking!
That’s it all for now folks I will write again next month! Three big smackeroos!
Lots of love,
Feb - March 2017
Julia’s blog for February and March!
Hi everyone, this is Julia!
It’s been a busy couple of months, full of lots of different things to do!
On February 3rd it was my birthday! In the morning my favourite entertainer Cody came in to sing and play guitar like I asked and he even brought me a big bunch of red roses! I was overwhelmed with them, they were beautiful. I also asked the chef to make me a big birthday cake and he did! It was delicious! Aside from that my sister also brought me in another birthday cake from the family! I felt very special and had a very happy birthday. I really enjoyed getting spoilt!
On the Wednesday before my birthday I spent the day shopping with my niece Sam and her lovely husband Adam. I bought myself some new clothes and on the Thursday my sister came in and brought me a lovely big box of make-up.
Being the shopaholic I am, the following week I went shopping again with Tabbi and Andrea, who do activities here. They took me to get presents for my niece and sister’s birthdays which were soon after. I was very happy with what I chose for them because they loved their gifts.
I’ve also done cooking, we made fairy cakes. I helped with the stirring, spooning and of course eating them! When I was helping crack the eggs, Tabbi dropped one on the floor which made me laugh a lot! We made a big mess and it was a lot of fun. They tasted delicious (apart from the ones we burnt!!).
I have also joined in with the seated exercise classes which I have really enjoyed. Apart from that with Paul’s help I’ve been getting better with my walking and I feel a lot stronger! I walked all the way from one end of the corridor to the other and I went out in the garden!
I’ve enjoyed playing bingo as well I won! Twice! When I won I got to choose which prize I got. I chose the body spray and perfume. I like my perfumes.
In the last week of February we had a holy communion in the cinema room which I go to every month because my faith is very important to me. I also had my own priest come in yesterday to give me another holy blessing.
At the beginning of the month we had a girly movie morning (which was a bit of a change from war films) I really enjoyed watching that film it was a love story, it was quite funny too! We had popcorn and fizzy drinks! I felt like I was at the cinema.
Also a couple of weeks ago we had the Didcot Divas cone in and perform for us! I sang along to all the songs I knew because I love to sing and I love music! We also had Lee come in last week who was really good and a saxophonist not long before! It was a really hot day when the saxophonist came in. That made it even better! I think that was the same day that me and some other residents went for a wander round the garden with Tabbi and Andrea too.
To polish it all off a nice girl came in who was doing work experience from school and she painted my nails bright red for me I loved them!
That’s all for now folks, I will type my next blog next month. Lots of love
Julia XXX (three big smackeroes)
Well hello and Happy New Year to everyone!
For anyone who doesn’t know me my name is Julia Wokcik, I am a resident in the Dorchester wing, I have a blog to keep you all informed of what I get up to each month. I’m a little bit like Penny Parker the roving reporter! You can also see my past blogs on the archive page.
Christmas and new year went with a bang this year, we had a fantastic Christmas party and we won the Quiz (with a little help from Steve Reader) I had a great Christmas lunch with turkey, roast potatoes and I even ate all my sprouts. Sanjay the managing director got me a Panettone cake and as I’m Italian it was a homely surprise!
we have a new activity’s lady called Andrea and I will be putting her through her paces so keep looking back to see what I have been up to!
"Felice Anno Nuovo!” that’s Italian for Happy New Year!
Hi everyone again,How are you all?
This month has gone quickly again feels like yesterday I was typing my last blog.
Every day I come to the Bistro to see Jill and Ali. We have a general catch up, play the memory games and lots of other fun games.
I’ve still been attending my fortnightly meditation session with Alison, this is helping me to stay calm and relaxed and help me think of the good memories I had with my nephew George who suddenly passed away.
I’ve really enjoyed the lady who came to play the Harp for us and also Tickled Pink Show and Mamma Mia, I danced and sang along with them.
Saturday 24th September Lee came to play the guitar in the Boat House I danced the morning away.
On the 17th September Sam my Niece ordered me a taxi, to take me to the Peachcroft Social Club in Abingdon, I really enjoyed my day out and spending time with my family.
Anna, Elle, Patricia and myself went down to Bournemouth for the day, I really enjoyed myself and so did everyone else. We had lunch on the pier and I had Scampi & Chips, it was very nice indeed! we went in to the arcade area and Elle won and gave me a teddy tiger. I spent £10.00 gambling to try and win a big cuddly bear but no such luck for me! To end the day we had Ice Cream by the beach.
That’s all for now folks but keep looking back to see what i have been up to!
Lots of Love From
Hi Everyone Again,
How are you all? I hope you’re all in good condition.
So this month Sanjay the manager suggested to me to try out a new hair style, have it with a bit more body and funky, so I took his advice and went to see Claire the hairdresser. Claire done my hair in the style I asked for and Sanjay said it looked nice.
I went on an outing this month to Yarnton nurseries with the life skill support workers to cheer me up. I’ve really enjoyed joining in with all the singing entertainment this week and I’ve even been singing and dancing away with them I like to get involved! I’ve also attended my meditation session every other week with Alison this helps me to relax, on Wednesday 24th in the afternoon I walked 75 meters outside with Paul my kind and helpful physio man and I was very pleased with myself, I still enjoy going to both exercise classes provided by the home.
This month I’ve been in my shorts and strappy tops and spending time outside in the grounds catching some rays and I’m starting to look very BROWN! Yesterday Monday 28th I have felt under the weather and had to spend the day in bed.
All My Love Julia xxx
Hi everyone again,
Hasn’t this year gone double quick only 4 months until Christmas!
This month I went to Cotswold Wildlife Park with Anna, Elle, Joey, Tony, Marion, Patricia and Olive, I really enjoyed myself there and loved seeing all the different animals. I’ve also been in the garden enjoying our 3 day heat wave hasn’t the weather been horrible this year.
So we’ve had a lot of outside entertainment this month and I’ve been singing my heart out and breaking some windows at the same time. HAHA. Even had a boogie with the staff and the entertainers.
I’ve had some heart ache this month, My dear nephew George sadly passed away may you rest in peace my sweetheart and your always be in my heart and thoughts every day, I always say a special prayer for you every day and night because I’m missing and I love you lots.
That’s all for now. See you all next month.
Hi everyone again where has this year gone? I’ve had my room decorated. I and Anna went to B&Q to get samples for my room. We come back the home and put the sample colours I had chosen on my wall, these colours were Yellow, Green, Pink and Orange. I picked yellow and green, and they both look very nice together.
I had a lovely visit from my Italian family who I haven’t seen for over a year. We had a drink and a good catch up in the Bistro, I still enjoy going down to the Bistro to see Jill and Ally we play games and if the weather is nice I’ve been topping up my tan in the garden (Oooooooo lala and Mama Mia).
That’s all for now see you in July.
Lots of Love
Hi everyone, hasn’t this month gone quickly again. I’ve been super busy this month!! Still keeping myself in shape by doing my weekly seated exercise classes I feel great after I’ve done these, we’ve had a few shows this month with Cody sharing some old times hits with us and me singing and dancing along, Alan playing the saxophone and Lee who came and sung for us at the weekend which I thought was great. I’ve been out shopping as well to buy my dear friend Helen a birthday present, I enjoyed celebrating Helen’s birthday with her.
I still enjoy going down to the Bistro daily and spending time with Jill and Ally and seeing family and friends lucky Jill has gone on her holidays to Mexico, I have my own exciting news me and Anna are looking in to me going on a holiday in September time I can’t wait. The weather has been beautiful and sunny and I’ve been outside tanning myself.
On Thursday 26th May I was super proud of myself I walked from my chair which was outside by the pond and I walked down to the second bench with Paul I was so pleased with myself. It was Steve the managers birthday that week too and the Dorchester residents and I made him a beautiful canvas and I presented this to Steve followed with his birthday card I made him.
I must go as I’m gasping for a Shandy. I’ll see you all next month.
This month went very quickly again, we had a nice Easter. I celebrated my Easter at the home, by attending the family fun day. I enjoyed seeing the children laughing and smiling and being happy, I won on the raffle 3 times and even had my face painted. I’ve spent some of my time helping the close with a few jobs folding the towels and pairing socks for the laundry, folding napkins for the bistro and sorting out the clean knives and forks for Dorchester .
I’ve been doing my weekly exercise classed, Move it or lose it on a Tuesday and Golden Toes on a Wednesday, always Lula May come to do a show and sung 1940s war time songs I sung my heart out through the whole show and even had a dance when the songs got more upbeat. Still having my hair done weekly and always looking my best.
Thank you for taking the time and reading my monthly blog until next month
I can’t believe we’re in February already here’s my monthly blog!!
On February 3rd I celebrated my 57th birthday, I received a great big bunch of flowers and a card from everyone at The Close. I had my lunch at the bistro with Anna, Elle (life skill support workers), Joey (resident) and Promise (care assistant), after I had finished my lunch I was presented with a birthday cake which my family had bought me and everyone sung me happy birthday was a lovely day.
On the 7th February I went out with my lovely niece Sam, Sam’s kind husband Adam come to collect me form The Close and took me to the social club in peachcroft there was other members of my family there and it was great to have a drink and a catch up, I also have been out with some of the girls from The Close to The Tandem pub in Kennington to meet the gorgeous Baby Elliot and I even had a cuddle. It was so good to see Lucy (life skill support worker) and she’s looking very well after becoming a mummy for the first time.
I’ve still been having my hair done weekly by Claire, joining in on seated dance and move it or lose it, going to the bistro for my hot chocolate and a catch up with Jill and Ally (bistro workers), cuddles with Louie the home dog and lots more activities.
I hope you all have enjoyed reading this.
Lots of love
Just to add I received a lovely email from Paul it’s so lovely to get feedback from my blog. It made me feel great about myself.
I have my hair done every Thursday afternoon, by Claire she wasn’t here last week so I had my hair done by Diane. Last week I went to the cinema at the close and watched Mrs Doubtfire and I had popcorn, drinks and crisps. This week I went to the cinema again and I saw hairspray. My favourite movie was hairspray because it was a happy musical and rather funny and enjoyable. This month I have been on an outing to notcutts with Anna and Elle and I had a nice cup of hot chocolate, with other residents, this was an exciting outing.
During this month there has been quite a lot of pantomimes, we watched Beauty and the beast, Jack and the beanstalk. My favourite was Jack and the beanstalk, because it full of musicals and was funny, and good acting.
see you all soon
We opend the paper to find this article after our recent inspection!
"Good' care home"
BURCOT: A care home in Burcot, near Berinsfield, has gone from 'requires improvement' to a 'good' rating after a Care Quality Commission inspection.
A health watchdog inspected the Abingdon Road home on January 6 and its report on February 8 found it had improved after an inspection report in May last year, when there had been complaints that medicines were not always managed safely:
Merry Christmas from one and all at the Close
We are pleased to announce that in November The Close created the "blogger in residence" role. Julia W has taken to role by the keyboard and is looking forward to writing up her first blog. A blog is on online journalist / a diarist of sorts, the blogs will appear on the updates section of the new website.
With a whirlwind of changes at The Close we decided it was about time to give a louder voice to our residence. A direct voice on the website and a place to hear from those that live at the Home about what's going on day to day.
"Julia has wanted to get involved with working at the home and this was a great way for a busy and popular resident of the home to stay in touch with happenings across the whole home as well as develop some great skills and further improve hand coordination that she has been working on with Sebastian the Physio and Jill and the puzzle game in the bistro"
Sanjay Dhrona, Managing Director