What a fabulous time we had celebrating Halloween this week! Often, this time of year can make our residents feel scared or frightened, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Whilst Halloween is about dressing up in scary costumes and playing scary games for the majority of people, for those in elderly care it’s important to handle the occasion in a different way, sensitively and respectfully.
We encourage residents to get involved in Halloween-themed celebrations but in a positive, proactive, and relaxing way. For example, we played lots of Halloween games including ‘pin the fangs’ on Count Dracula, Halloween-inspired biscuit baking and icing as well as dressing up in a fun and non-scary way, and, of course, Halloween bingo.
Julie McMurrough, our manager at Holywell House, said: “The residents really enjoyed celebrating Halloween and we all got involved in dressing up to mark the occasion. In fact, the team each paid £2 to dress up in Halloween outfits, all funds which have gone into our residents’ pot that is used to take them out on special day trips or specific activities within the home. Halloween bingo was a lot of fun with laughter and smiles ringing around the room. It was fantastic to see!
"I am very pleased with how my mother has settled in and generally how supportive and caring the staff are. This has given us peace of mind knowing that she is safe & well looked after. Thank you."
"Our mum has been a resident at Cramlington House for over a year and we have nothing but praise for the friendly, approachable staff and management. We always feel like part of an extended family and when we visit nothing is too much bother. We are completely happy with the standard of care, support and understanding we all receive as a family."
"From the first day, I knew it was the place for my mum. Clean, friendly staff, lovely environment! My mum would not get the opportunity to do the activities she is experiencing if she was not in Cramlington House. It is home from home and we can visit anytime. I can't say enough of how great Cramlington House is. "
"This is an absolutely superb care facility. The staff say that this is the home of the residents, in which they work - and they evidence that philosophy every day. In the last months of our mother's long life, we took comfort form the fact that she was safe and secure, being well-fed and looked after. The entire care team are brilliant. "
"All the staff at West Farm have provided such wonderful care, compassion and support to my auntie. We both feel incredibly lucky to have found West Farm, it’s been the perfect home for my auntie. I can honestly say, hand on heart, every aspect of the care provided by each member of staff at West Farm has been outstanding."