Wow what a Team and what a cheerful house to walk into despite the adversities some of the residents were suffering!
— A Canford Resident's Family
Calamity Jane Show
The Grosvenor lounge at Tunbridge Well Care Centre was buzzing recently as we were treated to a one woman performance of the classic Doris Day musical ‘Calamity Jane’.
With such classic hits as ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘Just Blew in from the Windy City’, ‘’The Black Hills of Dakota’ and of course, ‘Secret Love’, there were plenty of opportunities for our residents to get truly involved with this super production.
Whether you’re a musicals lover or not, music has the ability to touch something deep inside all of us; it has the ability to take us on an emotional roller-coaster, very often transporting us back to our younger days or other situations where a particular song or strain of music has a unique significance for us.
At Tunbridge Well Care Centre, Kent, music plays a very important part in the lives of our residents. Invariably you’ll never be very far away from a musical instrument when you visit us. Regular music therapy sessions occur for all our residents during dedicated sessions or in our exercise classes; concerts and other forms of live music occur every month for our residents to enjoy and there will always be music playing somewhere at some point in the day.
Our role as carers and support workers is to enable our residents, not disable them, so even if you don’t have a musical bone in your body, we can all shake a maraca!
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Following the huge success of our celebration of the forties, the staff and residents engaged fully in our celebration of all things good about the fifties – the food, the clothes and of course the music.
Reminiscence sessions were held discussing film stars of the decade and we were entertained by Jasmine who brought her ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ show to Tunbridge Wells Care Centre. It was lovely to see so many residents in attendance at our themed concert singing along to the songs they knew, playing percussion instruments and even dancing with members of the staff.
The activity team worked very hard to decorate all three resident’s lounges with posters and bric-a-brac from the fifties and of course take the opportunity to dress in the clothes of the day - brightly coloured skirts, blouses and neck scarves with the occasional pair of ‘bobby-socks’.
Staff interaction with our residents is something that we at Tunbridge Wells Care Centre excel in. We believe we are guests in our resident’s home and as well as the high quality, professional care we provide, social interaction plays a huge part in the well-being process. We all come together to provide a holistic approach to care and lifestyle that is mutually beneficial for everyone.
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April Newsletter - Tunbridge Wells Care Centre
Our newsletter is once again available. As always it is packed with all the lovely events and goings on from Tunbridge Wells Care Centre, and plenty of great photos.
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40s Celebrations prove to be great sucess
The 1940s wasn’t all Vera Lynn and Mr Hitler!
Our residents here at Tunbridge Wells Care Centre, Kent, enjoyed a wonderful celebration of all things good about the 40s recently – the fashion, the food, the music and the dancing. Residents and staff took the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a wide selection of activities that included reminiscing, cooking and even Pathé news watching!
A traditional 40s menu was enjoyed at lunchtime (without rationing) and our expert chefs managed to avoid powdered egg! In the afternoon, the residents enjoyed a wide selection of songs provided by Tricia Court that took us right up to the end of the 40s. Her set was followed by dancers from the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers who energetically danced their way through some fabulous jazz and big band standards.
Union flags, bunting and inspirational 1940s posters adorned the walls of all three lounges. The day resulted in a very good night’s sleep for all concerned without the need to rush out to the Anderson shelter in the wee small hours!
Everyone is now looking forward to celebrating the 1950s on 8th May. Let’s rock and roll!
Unusual visitors delight residents
FLYING IN THE MAIN LOUNGE!
Over the years, the residents of this Kent care home have been very lucky to welcome so many different species in to the home, Meerkats, Capybaras, snakes, spiders – the list goes on. Today, Tunbridge Wells Care Centre welcomed some truly spectacular and beautiful birds in to the Home, Pickles, Inky and Helga – a Barn Owl, an Eagle Owl and a Bald Headed Eagle respectively.
Oh, and there was a Peregrine Falcon and another hawk!
An experienced handler ensured that the visit was made with safety in mind, and helped us to get the very best from this highly unusual experience.
The residents were thrilled to see some of the birds flying across their heads and in front of them in the Knightsbridge lounge. The activity session was an ideal platform to learn more about these wonderful birds and to get up close and personal with them in a way that would simply not happen in the wild, in a zoo or anywhere else other than this kind of setting – there was even a great photo opportunity for many of the residents to have their photograph taken with the Bald Eagle – a wonderful time for everyone involved.
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Lovely staff. They always have a cheerful smile and welcome. Kind and caring with the residents and the accommodation is excellent too!
— A Canford Resident's daughter