News Page 3

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.

VE Day

Here at Oakwood House we celebrated VE Day on the 8th of May 2020 by firstly observing the minute silence in the lounge with some of our Residents.

Afterwards, we offered glasses of sherry or lager if anyone preferred, the sherry was by far more popular!

Residents then went to eat lunch in the dining room where war time music was played in the background and tables decorated with old picture postcards. Residents enjoyed a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings.

After lunch, Residents enjoyed taking part in a VE Day themed quiz followed by music which a few Residents had a sing along to.

We also want to say a huge thank you to Norwich City FC who donated us a delicious cake, drinks and a signed shirt and thank you to everyone else who kindly bought us sweet treats.

A message from the management team

I just wanted to advise all the loved ones of our residents that all staff are now wearing facemasks in order to protect our residents. This is in line with the latest Public Health England and government guidance.

I would like to assure you that we currently have no active Covid cases in the Home and with attention to the application and removal of PPE and handwashing we are trying to keep this risk as low as possible.

The care staff will try and reassure you but I did not want you to be alarmed when you see staff members in facemasks.

This will be reviewed in line with recommendations as and when they are released and we hope we can all get back to some sort of normal soon, although I suspect this may be some time to protect your loved ones, as our most vulnerable residents in society.

You will be aware there are limited activities currently and these must be always in line with social distancing to reduce any risk of transmission of the virus.

We are planning a special lunch for the VE Day celebration for the residents with a sherry aperitif and then a sing along with a small group of residents in the afternoon. We will endeavour to make this a special day whilst still keeping within the restrictions.

Thank you all for your wonderful support, messages of goodwill and goodies to keep the staff going! It is very much appreciated by all the staff. I know this is a very difficult time for you all not being able to see your loved ones as often as you would like and only through the window or via video calls. These have proved invaluable in keeping residents and families in touch.

We are thinking of you all and hoping you are all keeping safe during these uncertain times. We are looking forward to happier times when we can invite you back into the Home as a special part of your loved one’s lives. I thank you also for the confidence and trust in the staff to look after your loved ones at this time. I know this is not an easy time for anyone.

Best wishes

Debbie and Sandra

(Home Manager and Deputy Manager)

What have we been up to this week?

This week we celebrated a Residents 93rd birthday. Staff sang happy birthday to him while presenting him with a lovely birthday cake baked by our Chef, Nathan.

Residents also enjoyed some gentle seated exercises in the week. As the weather has been nice, Residents loved being taken around the garden. We have noticed how lovely the trees are looking now.

We have also been chatting about Residents memories of VE day and some of their stories are very funny.

St. George's Day

We celebrated St. George’s Day in style. We decorated our home with flags and bunting for St. George’s Day.

Residents enjoyed fish and chips for lunch followed by trifle which went down a treat! Staff also wore hats which put a smile on our Residents faces.

Thank you

A big thank you from the Oakwood House Team to everyone who generously bought us chocolates, cakes and sweets. These were enjoyed by everyone!

We would like to kindly ask for Relatives and Friends to leave gifts for their loved ones to reception please. This will allow us to clean the items before we hand it onto our Residents. Thank you for your cooperation during these uncertain times.