National Smile Day

Its been a busy month at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth.  In celebration of National Smile day, we displayed our smile jar and asked that all staff, residents and their visitors, write down a few words about what makes them smile. ‘Care Home Life’ kindly donated the Smile Jar.

Everyone gathered in the lounge for the opening of the jar and Hannah did the honours of reading out all the little notes.

Here are a few examples of what makes people smile and feel happy.

  • ‘Watching the animals in the garden makes me smile’
  • ‘Listening to everyone singing makes me smile’
  • ‘When my grandson tells me, he loves me’ makes me smile
  • ‘The sound of my daughter laughing’ makes me smile.
  • ‘sharing experiences with friends’ makes me happy.
  • ‘What makes me smile’? making everyone else smile.

We are going to continue displaying our smile jar, so that everyone can continue to share their thoughts of their experiences that make them smile and feel happy.

Worlds Sight Day

As part of our agenda at our residents meeting, we wanted to raise eyesight awareness and the importance of maintaining good eye health. We all had a good conversation about certain things that are essential for eye health such as:

  • Foods that are good for eye health, such as fruit, vegetables and fish.
  • Exercise and why it is important for maintaining good circulation.
  • Importance of having regular sight checks at the opticians.
  • Protecting our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing sunglasses.
  • Different lens prescriptions such as ‘Varifocals’ and how they work by having two prescriptions in one, for reading and distance.

And we reflected on the millions of people in poor parts of the world that do not have access to opticians and glasses.

At the meeting everyone was tempted to try Hannah’s fruit and chocolate fondue! Consisting of chunky pieces of strawberries, raspberries and bananas wrapped in milk chocolate. Vilma and Jean found them delicious.

Reminisce with Shirley

Our residents enjoyed two sessions of reminiscing this month. Food was the subject on the first day.  Our residents enjoyed a quiz about food, with questions such as:

  • Name 3 brands of tea
  • Name 2 famous wine growing countries
  • How many current buns were in the baker’s shop?

The quiz was followed by a discussion on old food recipes.  This was proceeded with a sing along to food songs.

For her second session Shirley gave everyone the topic of Halloween superstitions and celebrating Halloween in years gone by, followed by a sing along.

Halloween at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth

Our staff and residents have been busy again decorating the home for Halloween.

Mrs ‘Hoist me up because I have lost my broomstick’ took pride of place in the home.  She was greatly admired by everyone at Hames Hall

Halloween at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth

Debs our cook made some lovely cupcakes and she helped the residents decorate them with her ‘spooky’ purple icing.

Our Halloween week Movie was ‘Hocus Pocus’ starring Bette Midler, a fun family film enjoyed by all.


We had three ghoulish teams who took part in our annual Halloween ‘Trick or ‘Treat quiz.

Hannah, the Quiz master and Willow (Barbara) ensured that everyone had a glass of their favourite ‘tipple’

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Henry the Hedgehog at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth

We like to keep everyone updated about our little garden resident Henry.

Kevan, Robert and Mary have been keeping a close watch as to his whereabouts! They have reported that Henry has been exploring further.  He has been sighted enjoying the delights of our monkey puzzle tree.  The tree was received from our resident Noreen’s family, for which we are very grateful.  Henry has also been exploring the woods behind our summerhouse.

Henry the Hedgehog at Hames Hall Residential Home in CockermouthMonkey Puzzle Tree at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth

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All the staff team would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Sue and Paula for taking part in the video and for all their kind words and know that we really appreciate it.

Thank you also to Mary and Elsie (our residents) and to our colleagues Hannah and Kayley for all their assistance with this also.

Visiting at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth

We are pleased to inform everyone that work is currently underway on our new visiting booth.  This will give good peace of mind for everyone during the ongoing COVID restrictions.  Families can visit their loved ones knowing that they are risk free due to our new glass screen.

October Birthdays

We celebrated three staff and three residents birthdays this month, one which was a special 90th birthday.

October Birthday Celebrations at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth

Happy Retirement

We said goodbye to Jean this month as she starts her retirement and move to Yorkshire. Jean will be greatly missed by all.  Everyone sends Jean their best wishes.

We will be producing monthly updates from now on regarding what’s happening here at Hames Hall Residential Care at Cockermouth in Cumbria.  You can keep up with these on our website page or on facebook, so like us if you can!

Best regards

From all at Hames Hall