When Britons Croft offered us a budgie, little did we know how it would become such a big part of the daily routine. You may have read that the residents decided to call her Valerie Bluebell, but they also thought she could do with a bit of company.
It was with this in mind Andrew and I accompanied two residents to a local garden centre, who had another budgie for sale. We made straight for the pet’s department and were told that they had only one female left, a lovely Yellow/Green bird, which we promptly purchased and brought back to Valerie Manor as soon as we could.
The new companion for Valerie Bluebell, was eagerly anticipated as residents and staff gathered to welcome the new arrival.
I am very pleased to say that Valerie Bluebell and her new friend Emerald are getting along famously – most of the time!
Valerie Bluebell has also made a name for herself recently by featuring in the local press.
Our gardener Clare has certainly done us proud with her planting at Valerie Manor – to compliment the daffodils that have recently sprouted throughout the grounds, we’ve now a beautiful display of tulips in deep reds and yellows as you enter the home. She has certainly achieved her goal of creating a beautiful garden full of colour. Thanks Clare!
John Paul Miller recently made his first visit to Valerie Manor to sing a variety of songs and play his guitar. This type of activity is a firm favourite of the residents (and staff) and is something that stimulates a lot of conversation afterwards.
John Paul started his set with a beautiful version of a song I had only heard recently, sung by Joe Brown at the George Harrison tribute concert “I’ll see you in my dreams” It wasn’t long before the staff and residents were swaying along!!
I am very pleased to confirm that John Paul is now booked regularly throughout the rest of the year.
A big thank you to John Paul from everyone at Valerie Manor.
Renée has been working with us for some time now, but I recently discovered that she hadn’t featured on our blog – sorry Renée!… and a long overdue ‘Welcome to the Team’.
“I live in Steyning, when I’m not working I enjoy horse riding and walking on the Downs. I work part time at Valerie Manor, whilst I study Nursing at the University of Brighton.”
At long last we have been able to commence our trips to have a tour around the new lifeboat station at Shoreham by Sea. The invitation came from a previous Valerie Manor resident’s family who are involved heavily in the Station. The weather was set fair as we left the Manor and headed down to the Station, where we were greeted by Martin, who was to be our tour guide – and what an excellent guide he was! – We were taken onto the viewing level and saw the new lifeboat “RNLB Enid Collett” up close and fired questions at Martin which he answered easily. We were then taken down to the lower level and saw the underside of the boat, where Martin explained how the boat was launched. We then headed into the changing area where we saw the different kit and then finally onto see the ‘inshore boat’.
A huge thank you is due not only to Martin for his excellent tour, and Ton & Julie for the kind invitation, but also to everyone involved in providing such a valuable service, which is 100% funded by charitable donations.
I would thoroughly recommend a trip to take a look around the station, you are sure to learn something if you do!
Janine has recently joined the Housekeeping team at Valerie Manor, and has settled in well.
In keeping with all new staff I asked her to write a bit about herself by way of an introduction…
“I have a caring nature, and I also love being creative and meeting new people. I am hard working and trust worthy, very friendly and strive to get on well with people.
I love Valerie Manor because it is a lovely place to work, everybody is really friendly, so there’s no doubt I’m going to love working here.”
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As you may know, Britons Croft care home in Steyning is sadly closing down. I was visited last Thursday by one of our local district nurses who suggested that Valerie Manor would be a good home for their budgie who would become homeless if not housed. I was delighted by the offer and by Friday we had a new resident! By chance our monthly residents’ meeting was planned for Friday morning and to close the meeting we introduced our new budgie and I was delighted with the response – it has made the residents so happy. The Budgie did not have a name so we asked the residents for suggestions…. as discussions were being had one resident, Chris shouted out…. ’well you have to call it Valerie of course!’ This was agreed although everyone also liked the suggestion of Bluebell by Nancy…. therefore we have welcomed ‘Valerie Bluebell’ to Valerie Manor.
I was also delighted when I found out that Andrew, one of our care assistants used to have an Avery and he has agreed to co-ordinate all the care for Valerie Bluebell with the residents, it also generated a lot of conversation as several of our residents used to have budgies at home so it brought back a lot of memories for us all.
Thank you so much to the district nurses and staff at Britons Croft for thinking about us and bringing smiles to all of our residents.
Following our residents’ meeting in February we were asked to develop the lounge in the original building into a library and quiet area. Now that we have overcome the problems of damp we are delighted to say that the lounge has now re-opened as a library and area where residents can go and read, entertain guests or play board games. The TV has been removed and the seating areas are cosy and peaceful – I must say I am delighted with the results and think that the residents’ idea was a fantastic one. Hopefully visitors will enjoy the beautiful old setting when they enjoy a drink with their family or friend.
It’s Official….Spring has arrived !
We have been very lucky having quite a few very sunny days where our Ladies and Gentlemen have enjoyed our lovely outside space at Valerie Manor. I know we desperately need rain but it has given everyone a real boost being able to get a bit of sunshine. However, at the time of writing I’ve just heard the forecast for colder weather……even snow !! Zoe was born in March and it was snowing then.
Busy, busy, busy as ever ! We celebrated St.David’s Day and St.Patrick’s Day with decorations, Quiz’s on Wales and Ireland as well as enjoying the lovely Riverdance Video. Greek Independence Day included Greek music as well as a Greek Dance Video.
Our Mind Benders included Prepositions, Chicken or Egg, Four Word Phrases as well as mentioned before the Themed Day Quizes.
We had ‘Sports at Valerie Manor’ to celebrate Sports Relief and Nick visited to run the skittles and we played an outside game where some Great Grandchildren of one of our ladies were delighted to join in. We just love the different generations coming together.
Our weekly Exercise from your chair sessions are great fun including slightly quicker movement with sing-a-long. Ending with our Reminiscence chat. One week we talked about our favourite holidays as a child. We had several memories of Hastings, Worthing and Brighton, Seascate in Cumberland, Bognor, one lady remembers playing in a field with very long grass in Palmers Green, another stayed with her grandparents in Deal in Kent remembering a pebble beach with a very steep drop into the sea. Another memory was of Hayling Island and a farm in Warminghurst near Pulborough. We all enjoyed the story from one lady going to a Pot Market in Lancashire which was an annual event. She remembers wearing a Panama Hat with fresh daisies on and a donkey eating her flowers from the hat! The great thing about these sessions is that the lovely staff walk through during them….Zoe runs !!….and add their own stories. One young lad told us he used to go to a Boarding School in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. This adds to the interaction between the staff and residents which is great.
Everyone is very excited about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Again everyone is getting involved with ideas during Zoe and Alan’s monthly meetings with the Residents.
We now have a Video and DVD library and Sue is organising viewings that are requested by individuals. Thank you Sue.
Have a lovely Easter