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2022 at Cawood House

There was so much fun and laughter this year at Cawood House. As always, the whole team worked together tirelessly every single day to ensure our residents live Life in Colour. The home was awarded the Family Connections Award at Borough Care’s Life in Colour Awards in October. The award was for the team that supports both residents and their loved ones in any way they can. In particular, the nominations highlighted this home’s Manager Lisa, and ALF Leigh Cherie for their dedication to family support. We want to say a massive thank you to Lisa, Leigh Cherie and EVERYONE at Cawood House for their dedication and committment. Let’s take a look back of some their highlights of 2022…

Photos hold a lot of memories for our residents, and in January Cawood House spent the day looking through family photo albums. The team loved listening to stories from when our residents were children, the years they spent bringing up their own families and some of the adventures they had during the war.

Resident, Pauline,  had a very special visit from her great-granddaughter in February. Family visits are so important in maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of our residents and their family members. We love how this image has managed to capture such a lovely moment between generations.

Cawood House celebrated St Patrick’s Day in style in March! The residents had lots of fun with music, games and of course, a sip of Guinness. They did a fantastic job of decorating the lounge and enjoyed an Irish-themed meal created by our wonderful catering team.

We love seeing residents across our homes get involved in arts and crafts. It’s a great way to relax whilst creating something amazing! This year,  ALF Leigh introduced family and  residents art sessions every friday. Residents Jean and Norma also embraced their inner artists by making a unique piece of art using a cup painting technique. They started by watching a video tutorial of how to do the technique and then got cracking on their own designs. Their beautiful creation is on display at Cawood House.

Our care homes went all out to celebrate her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June. Everything from luxury buffets to garden parties were in full swing across our homes to mark the very special occasion At Cawood House, residents Brenda and Edith made flower centrepieces for the tables, while Sheila and Norma designed their own Royal masks. The home put on an amazing garden party and invited their family and friends to join them to celebrate. Everyone made the most of the glorious weather by soaking up the sunshine along with some light refreshments.

June also marked Pride Month, and residents at our homes celebrated the month in their own unique ways. Cawood House residents got creative and took part in an arts and crafts afternoon with the help of their families. They made a start on the new garden feature and did some paint pouring too!

Cawood House had a visit from Macey from Wild Science, an Animal Education and Therapy organisation in August. Macey said she had never been anywhere where staff got so involved – it meant she could have one on one time with the residents who enjoyed meeting all the different wild animals.

Cawood resident Tony celebrated his 80th birthday in September! He had a brilliant day enjoying the celebrations with his family. The amazing staff decorated the Summer House with an Irish theme for Tony, who was born in Dublin, and chef Nicole created another showstopper cake and Afternoon Tea. The Guinness was flowing and lots of memories were shared – the perfect way to celebrate Tony’s big milestone.

October saw Borough Care celebrate our Life in Colour Employee Awards. We all got together at the Alma Lodge Hotel in Stockport for a huge awards ceremony in celebration of the incredible work that our team have all done over the last year. Cawood’s ALF Leigh Cherie Jones was a very deserving winner of an Outstanding Colourful Care Award for always providing exceptional individualised care and making our residents smile the most.

The Cawood team also took home the Family Connections Award, for the team that supports both residents and their loved ones in any way they can. Cawood House was recognised as a driving support of families, providing emotional support and practical help to residents. In particular, the nominations highlighted this home’s Manager Lisa, and ALF Leigh Cherie for their dedication to family support.

In honour of Remembrance Day, Cawood House held an art and craft session with family members, who helped them with their Remembrance Day display. Family members loved coming in and taking part in the activities, enjoying cups of tea and lots of reminiscing. Residents, staff and family members also lit their own candles to remember those who had died.

In November there was a very special occasion to celebrate at Cawood House. Residents Freda and Norman celebrated 60 years of marriage! The lovely couple received a card from King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla to congratulate them both on an amazing 60 years of marriage.

Each year Borough Care gives a Christmas Card to every member of staff, along with a gift. This year we thought who better to design the Christmas cards than our wonderful residents. We held a competition for all of the homes and we were delighted to announce that the winner was the lovely Norma Taylor who lives at Cawood House! Norma’s artwork perfectly captured Borough Care’s Life in Colour motto and we were impressed with the inclusive way it was created at a peg painting session arranged by ALF Leigh, so that all residents could get involved. We met with Norma to tell her the news and she was thrilled! We asked Norma what she most enjoyed, and she said her favourite treat was shortbread. We arranged for a hamper of shortbread to be sent her way – well done Norma!