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04 May, 2021


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We could not help but notice Max the dog in the news recently, the famous springer spaniel who made the headlines after being awarded the PDSA Order of Merit, the equivalent of an OBE for dogs, in recognition of how he has helped people all over the world as a therapy dog.

Max lives with his owner Kerry Irving in the Lake District along with two other energetic springer spaniels - Harry and Paddy. Kerry livestreams their daily walks on Facebook and narrates the beautiful routes they walk along. People watch and enjoy the livestreams from all over the world. Residents have started watching the walks and have really enjoyed the beautiful scenery so we anticipate that "Max the Dog walks" will become a regular part of our activity programme! Follow Max at Max Out In The Lake District on Facebook.


Families deal with dementia in different ways and  with children especially, we know how perceptive and inquisitive they can be! It’s important however to address any questions or concerns they may have, so that they can be more relaxed and at ease when seeing their loved ones.

Now that children are able to visit and will be seeing family members after quite a long time, we felt it was useful to highlight an article published by Care Quality Matters “What’s The Matter with Grandma? Explaining Dementia to Children”. 


The article has lots of useful information about how to support children who may have questions or concerns, and suggestions on how to prepare for a positive interaction focussing on key aspects such as finding child-appropriate answers and dispelling fears of contact. Please click on the article to read further.


... to Roger & Hilary, TWH Volunteers, for dropping in this beautiful bouquet for the Home to enjoy. Spring is definitely in the air! 

... to Martin, (resident Myrtle's nephew) dropping in these delicious Patisserie Valerie goodies for us to munch on!


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We kicked off the month with our Easter celebrations! Residents did Easter arts and crafts making some beautiful Easter themed arrangements and the ladies made some beautiful Easter bonnets to wear! We've also continued to take advantage of the lovely flowers on offer at this time of year with residents making some lovely spring arrangements to decorate the Home.

This month we've also focussed on a lot of manual dexterity exercises as many of you may have seen on our FB page. Residents have been taking part in a range of activities to assist with fine motor skills, whether that be simply moving items from one box to another, to target practice or to more intricate things like knitting! It's important for our residents to keep as much mobility as possible and we do regular exercises and activities to encourage this.

Our big celebration this month was St George's Day and residents got stuck in making the flag decorations to set the scene in the build up to the day. We had a lovely afternoon tea with beautifully decorated and delicious St George's themed cakes. Residents took part in a St George's day quiz, sing-alongs and of course doing the Lambeth Walk!

We've been taking full advantage of the good weather be it with outdoor activities, trips out or just a spot of lunch! Residents have  enjoyed a trip to Ewell Court House to see the ducks and views and deer gazing at Richmond Park. The fresh air, sunshine and change of scenery has definitely lifted spirits for everyone and we are looking forward to warmer weather and more outings!

Please remember to head over to our Facebook page for more fun pictures and updates including our fun International Dance Day celebration, Outdoor activities and more!



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