Churchlake Care Group of Care and Residential Homes – all set for a joyful Christmas.

Churchlake Care Group have 9 care homes in the UK. Our homes are located along the west of the UK. Running from beautiful Bodmin in Cornwall to gorgeous Cockermouth in the North West. See them all at Churchlakecare.com/

All our homes have been super busy getting ready for the big day itself! We are seeing some gorgeous Christmas trees and decorations from our homes. Our talented activities colleagues have been assisting our residents with creative festive crafts.

Visiting with Churchlake Care Group residents

One of the main things that have all been on our minds is visits from loved ones, this Christmas. All homes who are able, in view of the Tier Category will be offering visits. Many of our homes have set up Covid Secure meeting areas.

Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth have opened a visiting ‘Booth’. Hames Hall achieved this by adapting their conservatory. It allows our residents to receive visits from their family. Loved ones must enter at certain entrance and wear PPE. We can’t wait for the Rapid Testing to come to our homes. This will assist visiting and add another level of safety. We are awaiting instruction from local authorities on this. Rest assured, we will be ready, once the tests are accessible . Our homes will need to have areas set up for testing, which they are all working on.

Belmont House Nursing Home in Bodmin have recently refurbished their Covid-Safe meeting room. This room is fantastic. It allows family members to have space where they can sit with their loved ones. Spend time talking, and reconnecting. This is such an important aspect of, not only our residents’ mental health, but also that of the families.

All our colleagues at Churchlake Care Group, are working hard to have visitors in their homes. In the situation where this is not possible, we have the next best thing! All Churchlake Care Group of Homes now have either an Alexa show or tablet. This provides interaction with loved ones, live on screen. Using the technology was a bit tricky to start with but as with lots of people, it has now become a way of life. We still have the good old telephone for some residents if all else fails!

Nutritious and naughty Christmas treats at Churchlake Care Group

We all know that one of the most important thing about Christmas is food! Our homes put on a wide variety of magnificent spreads! Axbridge Court Nursing Home in Axbridge, Somerset start Christmas day very well! They begin with a smoked salmon breakfast (or their preference). This is then followed with a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. In the Evening residents are then treated to a luxury buffet, with all the naughty but nice things we know and love. Axbridge Court Nursing Home has a new decorated dining room which they are very proud of. They can’t wait to see it dressed to the nines for the Christmas celebrations. Axbridge Court has a violinist to play Christmas Carols on Christmas morning. Said Violinist is actually a colleague at the home, what talent!

Residents at Chichester Hall Care Home in Cumbria will be in for a treat this Christmas. They kick off proceeding’s mid-morning with tea, coffee or a little tot of Sherry or mulled wine. How lovely! Residents have a choice of starter. Followed by a turkey, beef or gammon dinner with lots of nutritious fresh vegetables. Finished with Cheese and Biscuits and the all-important Christmas pud, for those who like it!

Keeping it traditional at Churchlake Care Group of Nursing and Residential Homes

At Churchlake Care Group our homes know how important it is to keep Christmas traditional. It is a time to reflect and look back at Christmases of old. This is so important to us and our residents. One of biggest traditions, along with food, is the ‘all important’ Christmas tree. Did you know the reason why we have Christmas trees? Christmas trees are evergreen, and do not lose their leaves. Evergreen trees represent everlasting life in the Christian faith. We have been seeing some magnificent trees from the Churchlake Care Group of homes.

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Festive Activities at Churchlake Care Group of Nursing and Residential Homes

Our ‘Activities’ colleagues have a busy time in the run up to Christmas. They make Christmas special and make it come alive for residents. All sorts of lovely Christmassy activities will take place. Including card making, wreath making as well as some great parties and party games. There are also quieter activities for those who prefer. An afternoon nap after dinner is usual for most of our homes on Christmas day. Who doesn’t like a five-minute shut eye post-Christmas dinner!

Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth

At Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth, Hannah came up with a genius idea of the ‘Merry Christmas Advent Calendar’. Each resident has a day in advent to open. On their day the resident will open it to reveal a personalised gift inside. The idea being that the staff will celebrate each resident’s day with them and make them feel special. What a fabulous idea!

Hillview Nursing Home in Burnham on Sea

Hillview Nursing Home in Burnham on Sea have planned a Christmas party and raffle on the 18th. All residents and staff will attend and join in. Hillview will also have a carol singing service on the 22nd, which will be wonderful.

We will give a full Christmas update on all our homes in the New year. 2020 has been the most challenging ever for our homes. We thank all our committed and dedicated colleagues for their hard work this year. With all the challenges faced, our homes have created loving ‘family’ units. All whilst delivering the very highest standard of nutrition, enrichment, care and compassion. Churchlake Care also thanks the families and loved ones of colleagues, and residents. All have made great scarifies this year to play their part in keeping residents safe and well.

Churchlake Care Group wish you the very best Christmas 2020 and a happy and healthy 2021.

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