We are happy to report that we remain Covid free this month! Regular testing continues and it is great to see visitors coming to the home again, albeit with restrictions still in place. We look forward to the time when we can begin to arrange trips out for our residents as soon as we are able to. It has been very challenging for everyone, but for residents and their loved ones it has been especially difficult.
April has been a lovely month in Skinburness with warm dry days, crisp cooler nights, beautiful sunsets and our garden birds have returned in abundance. The grounds looked particularly stunning this month with groups of bright yellow daffodils in the wild garden area and lining the driveways to the front gate and down the path to the shore. The cherry blossom on the trees added a delicate shade of pink to the front elevation of the home.
Residents were thrilled to be able to sit in the secure garden area on the warm sunny days – enjoying refreshments outdoors after such a long time in isolation was a very welcome treat.
Early in the month we were all saddened to hear of the passing of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our respects were paid, and residents watched the funeral on the television if they wished to do so. Our sympathies were shown to the solitary figure of the Queen sitting alone in St Georges Chapel, Windsor.
We all took the time to think about others who have gone through or are going through the same situation due to the current covid restrictions. They are very much in our thoughts.
The home refurbishments are taking shape, Brian has been very busy re-decorating and getting rooms ready for new carpets and soft furnishings.
We really appreciate the kindness shown to us by Wigton Community Hospital who have donated re-hab and reception chairs to the home and thank them very much for this kind gesture.
We have celebrated one special Birthday this Month. Andrea, a valued member of our Team, celebrated the BIG 5-0! Andrea is always laughing and always has time for each and every one of the residents – they look forward to her being on duty. Her infectious laugh brings smiles to everyone. She made sure that all of our residents could celebrate her special day with a tray of fresh cream cakes and other sweet treats for everyone. We thank her for her compassion and contribution to the team. A very Happy Birthday to you Andrea from us all at Churchlake Care Group.
We said a fond farewell one of our carers, Paul, at the end of April who has left to join the Circus! (Paul is a lighting technician – we cannot see him on a trapeze just at the moment!) Before he left, Paul very kindly took a beautiful video of Chichester Hall with his new drone we hope you enjoy it. You can view it on our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/chichesterhallcarehome.
We wish Paul all the best in his new career and thank him very much for his contribution to our team.
We would like to say a big thank you to the family of the late Ritson and Alice Addison, who were well loved members of the Chichester family – we still miss them. Ruth, Simon and Brian were regular visitors to the home and as a thank you they purchased a beautiful stone bird table for us which was delivered and placed outside the front lounge windows. The residents have enjoyed watching all the different birds visit our new table.
We hope everyone keeps well and enjoys new freedom as restrictions are gradually lifted.