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The latest goings-on at Oakwood House

Find out all about what we’ve been up to both here at Oakwood House and out and about.

Easter Celebrations

We had an egg-xciting time this Easter as we got egg-xtremely creative by designing our very own bunnies made from balloons, with stick on eyes, napkins for the bunny ears and soft pom poms for the nose and tail.

A special Easter meal, along with hot cross buns was lovingly prepared by our Chef. Residents got into the Easter spirit as they wore their bunny hats, tucked into their chocolate eggs and decorated cards which they hung on their Easter tree.

We hope you had a hoppy little Easter too!

Welcome to Oakwood House Helen!

We would like to announce that Helen Jackson was officially appointed as Home Manager of Oakwood House with effect from 13th March 2021, after having enjoyed several weeks of getting to know both the residents and staff at the home.

For those of you have not yet met Helen, she started her career as a nurse and joins us with a wealth of management experience in Nursing Homes in Norfolk. The Nursing Home Helen managed previously, was rated ‘Good’ by CQC 15 months after she started and resulted in Helen being awarded the Norfolk Care Award 2020 for ‘Motivational Leadership’.

We would like to congratulate Helen on this appointment and share our confidence that Helen will continue to take Oakwood House to the next level, whilst ensuring the best possible outcome for our residents.

5 Star Rating! 

We are delighted and proud to have been awarded another 5-star rating by Environmental Health.

Thank you to our catering team who work incredibly hard to ensure we maintain our high-quality standards of food hygiene.

Well done everyone! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chocolate Trolley

This week we decided to have a chocolate themed trolley as Residents enjoyed a scrumptious variety of chocolate treats, including cupcakes, mousses and milkshakes!

Why care homes are the solution to tackling isolation and loneliness in elderly people.

Feeling lonely is something we all experience from time to time and for many different reasons, but long-term loneliness can have a detrimental effect on a person’s mental and physical health – particularly in an older person who lives on their own. According to a recent study by Which.co.uk, 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 said they either always or often felt lonely, and research has shown that loneliness can lead to an increased risk of someone developing coronary heart disease, strokes and dementia, as well as links to causing anxiety and depression.

With this in mind, it’s important to be able to identify the signs that suggest an elderly relative might be lonely and find a solution. Loneliness can be tricky to spot as it is a subjective experience, however common symptoms are withdrawing from family and friends, low self-esteem, boredom and low mood. A person’s circumstances can also lead them to feel lonely - such as being recently widowed or having a long-term health issue. Moving into a care home environment offers a practical solution for older people who might be feeling lonely or isolated where they live. There are many benefits for making the move into care which help alleviate loneliness, as well as improve a person’s quality of life and general wellbeing. Some of these benefits are outlined below:

Community

Connecting with others - whether it’s with friends, family or forming new connections with people who have similar interests - is a great way to combat loneliness and banish isolation. Being part of a care home community offers multiple opportunities for people to maintain social interactions with a whole host of different people. Even if it’s just saying “good morning” to someone; these small interactions make all the difference and can help people feel more connected to where they live.

Keeping active

Staying active and keeping busy benefit both a person’s physical and mental health, as well as being a great way to connect with others. Many care homes encourage their residents to continue with their favoured hobbies and pastimes as well as taking up something new, so it’s a priority for the activity coordinators at each care home to ensure that there are plenty of engaging activities available and something for everyone. Themed days (such as Australia day / VE day), quizzes, live music and entertainment, games, darts, skittles, arts and crafts and exercise classes are just some of the activities available to residents at Oakwood House in Norwich.

Highly trained and caring staff

Whether it’s nursing, residential or respite care that’s required, care home staff are highly trained care professionals, so in addition to forming strong relationships with the residents in their care (and therefore always being happy to have a chat over a cuppa!), they will also be quick to spot any subtle changes in a resident’s behaviour that might suggest they are feeling lonely or ‘not quite right.’ Noticing these signs early means that necessary changes can be made to a resident’s care to maximise their happiness, safety and wellbeing.

Outside space

Getting outside in the fresh air is a great way to refresh a person’s mood and also strengthens our feeling of connection to nature and the wider world. Research has shown that this promotes physical and mental wellbeing in older people, so it’s an important factor in tackling loneliness. Care homes have safe outside spaces and attractive surroundings, with many having well-appointed gardens for residents to relax in. Whether it’s a stroll around the grounds or perhaps a leisurely walk around the peaceful village of Colney, Oakwood House offers lots of opportunities for residents to get outdoors and feel the wind on their face!

A positive approach

Taking a positive outlook on life - along with eating well, staying active and getting enough sleep – is another factor that can improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing, whilst also helping to keep loneliness at bay. Care homes recognise the importance of the power of positivity in relation to combatting loneliness and therefore they strive to create positive home-from-home environments for all of their residents, as well as ensuring that they eat well and get a good night’s sleep.




Don’t worry about your loved one being alone. Friendship, care and interaction are at the heart of what we do here at Oakwood House. Please contact our team on 01603 250 101 to arrange a viewing.




Sources:

Campaign to End Loneliness: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org Psychology of Loneliness Report (Campaign to End Loneliness) https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/the-psychology-of-loneliness-why-it-matters-and-what-we-can-do/