Hello and welcome to the March Newsletter

Chichester Hall Residential Care Home in Wigton – Our Month started with not one but two ‘Birthdays’ on the same day. Our ladies had a lovely time, with a joint birthday tea. We had luscious cakes kindly provided by Sandra and Elaine. A day full of celebrations! There were WhatsApp conversations, with lots of cards and presents for them both.

COVID FREE home Chichester Hall

We are now a COVID FREE home.  All procedures were followed.  This included yet another deep clean.  Our ‘Spring Cleaning’ has been very thorough this year!!! We continue to test staff each week and the Lateral Flow tests continue as directed by the guidance.

Green light for refurbishment at Chichester Hall Residential Care Home in Wigton

On the 8th March we had an introductory visit from our new Chief Operations Officer Mr Nick Farmer. It was good to welcome Nick to Chichester Hall. True to his word he made a second visit on the 18th March. Nick is very keen to start the refurbishment of the home. Now receiving approval of the Churchlake Board of Directors work can begin as soon as it can be arranged. We are very excited with the proposals and look forward to the home being given a facelift over the next 4 months. We will post photographs as work is undertaken, and of course at the end when all is finished.

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Mother’s Day at Chichester Hall Residential Care Home

Mother’s Day came during Lockdown, and the home was filled with beautiful, flowers cards and gifts. Again, the telephone was very busy on the day with calls from family members. Some residents used the WhatsApp for Mother’s Day messages

Thank you, as always for all you kind words over these difficult times

The home received many lovely messages from family members during this time. All were gratefully received. Messages of support are very humbling, and we are thankful for them,
 
On the 23rd We took time to reflect on the past 12 months. The long Lockdowns and of those who are no longer with us, we pray for a brighter 2021 for everyone

Spring arrives at Chichester Hall Residential Care Home in Wigton

Ours grounds are looking lovely with daffodils on the drive and in our wild garden area. We did think the strong winds would damage them but luckily they survived the storms. Now, the bluebells are starting to flower so ‘Spring has really arrived at Chichester. It was reinforced when Chris, brought in two beautiful Pet Lambs for residents to see. Residents were asked to name them! Jack, and Jill, Bonny and Clyde, Tommy and Heather, William and Harry were all suggested, but we left it to Chris’s Son Jack to choose. There were some disparaging remarks passed, about Easter Sunday Lunch! These were met with laughter and distain in equal measure!
 
Census forms arrived.  We managed to get them all completed and sent off on time
 
Residents and some of the staff received their second dose of the Covid vaccine. Pleased to say we had no side effects amongst the residents, who took it all in their stride, as usual.

Sea air for lots of the residents at Chichester Hall Residential Care Home

During the warm spell, residents were able to take advantage of being outdoors. Mandy and Paul escorting them down for some longed for fresh air onto the shore and into the garden. It was a pleasure to see how much they enjoyed the outdoors. There seemed to be a constant stream of wheelchairs on the sea front. Those who didn’t want to venture out were treated to sing songs and chair exercises
 
Three of our staff are hoping to sign for their level 3 diploma, with Lakes college in Workington. We wish them well with their studies, and assure them of our full support
 
It has been a challenging time. We can now see changes coming very soon with visiting arrangements soon to be increased. We look forward to seeing visitors in the home again. Residents have been apart from their loved ones for a long time, and are eager to renew their relationships with family and friends
 
The home had an announced CQC Infection Control Inspection on the 23rd March. We are pleased to tell you that it was a very positive report. The inspector was pleased with all the effort from staff during the Pandemic and with all the procedures that are in place
 
Sadly we had to say goodbye to one of our dear ladies. We send our sincere condolences to her family and many friends, she is greatly missed by us all.

Easter at Chichester Hall Residential Care Home in Wigton

Easter preparations were good fun. The residents tucked into a fish and chip Good Friday lunch, from the local chippy,
 
On the Saturday we decorated our Easter tree. It looked quite lovely in the dining room, with little chicks and feather wings glittering with fairy lights
 
Lauren and Andrea excelled in baking cakes, biscuits and cheesecakes. Lou and Darryl bought chocolate rabbits for all the residents. Mandy bought Easter eggs. We had a Roast Lamb, Easter Lunch, with a buffet tea which everyone enjoyed. The traditional Egg Dump was postponed for a couple of days, as everyone was exhausted over the week -end. It finally took place, and it was good fun for staff and residents. Iris was the eventual winner, but all shared in chocolates afterwards as a prize.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Merrick, a member of staff, on the safe arrival of her daughter. We hope to see her in the near future when COVID restrictions ease
 
We look forward to warmer days, the refurbishment, seeing visitors again, and lifting of restrictions. We would like to thank all who have supported us, we do appreciate your kindness, understanding and co-operation over the last long 12 months
 
Chichester Hall is situated in a stunning location overlooking the Solway Firth to South West Scotland and the Galloway hills. We are open to residents, and all available rooms have wonderful sea views. We are here 24/7 and would welcome anyone considering Residential Care, we assure you of our best attention at all times. Please give us a call on: 01697 332478, to arrange a visit to Chichester Hall and this beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Please go to our web page for more information about our wonderful home Churchlakecare.com/chichester_hall/
 
Regards to all
 
Jenni