December has been a busy month for everyone at Beeches, and it’s not over yet!
Our residential care home in Ixworth provides both nursing and dementia care and entertainment and stimulation are part of everyday life as the care team work hard to ensure there is always lots to do and residents enjoy an excellent quality of life.
From 91st birthdays to making it into the local paper, let’s take a look at what’s been going on at Beeches over the last few weeks…
Happy retirement to Linda
On November 29th it was Linda’s last day of service, and everyone at The Beeches wished her a very happy retirement. Linda was the home’s Activity Coordinator and had been working at Beeches for the last five years.
Linda was a wonderful asset to the team, and will be greatly missed by everyone. Happy retirement, Linda!
Birthday celebrations galore
The last month has seen three of Beeches’ residents celebrating their birthdays. The Beeches team would like to wish:
A very happy 91st birthday to Betty!
A very happy 75th birthday to Doug!
And a very happy 88th birthday to Mary!
The staff and residents came together to celebrate each of these birthdays with little birthday get-togethers, singing happy birthday and in true Beeches style, huge, homemade cakes!
The Christmas countdown begins!
The Beeches care and nursing home has been busy with festive activities in the run up to Christmas Day. Christmas is always a comforting, homely affair and the residents have been up to all sorts of fun Christmas activities.
On December 1st, the residents put their best creative foot first as they decorated lots of Christmas cookies and biscuits. From trees, to stars, to baubles, the residents painted in bright colours, coloured the Christmas shapes and generously sprinkled glitter to decorate their designs. Crafting is always well received amongst the residents as they enjoy being creative, and have a brilliant time doing something fun together.
Next in the run up to Christmas was the installation of the home’s many Christmas trees! Everyone at Beeches loves the warm glow of the fairy lights and the twinkle of the tinsel. The trees are scattered all around the home to ensure a little taste of Christmas can be seen wherever you are.
On Friday 10th December it was Save the Children’s tenth annual Christmas Jumper Day. The staff and residents loved getting in to the sparkly spirit by wearing their snazziest Christmas jumpers. The special day was instigated in 2012 to raise money for children to ‘help them see the magic in the world.’ Everyone at Beeches residential care home loves getting involved for a good cause, and thoroughly enjoyed getting dressed up for this year’s Christmas jumper day.
And finally, a primary school local to Beeches in Ixworth, donated a huge supply of Christmas goodies for all of the residents there to enjoy. The care boxes were dropped off as a Christmas gift to the home, and this lovely gesture was even picked up by the local newspaper the Suffolk News.
All of the residents were thrilled to receive the hampers which were filled up with chocolates, biscuits, soaps and games for the residents to play, which certainly filled their day with Christmas cheer. The residents love to get involved with their local community, and to know they are being thought of by children in the local area was a lovely Christmas gift in itself.
To read the full article you can visit the Sussex News website by clicking here.
All of the staff and residents would like to say a huge thank you to the students of Walsham le Willows primary school in Bury St Edmunds for their thoughtful Christmas gesture, there were certainly happy faces all around.
There is no doubt that the warm, festive feelings at Beeches experienced over the last few weeks will continue through the rest of December and into the new year! With lots more still to come over the next couple of weeks, everyone at The Beeches would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Our specialist dementia and nursing home in Ixworth, Suffolk provides an entirely bespoke package of care for all residents and prides itself on its rich culture and warm environment. To keep up to date with everything going on you can follow us on our Facebook page @BeechesIxworth or call the team for more information on 01359 230 773.