Care Home Open Day

Every year, care homes across the country open their doors to the local community for National Care Home Open Day, with this year coinciding with the Queens Birthday!

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Canal Trip

On Tuesday 19th September, Heathlands residents took a trip down the River Stork, staff and residents travelled up to Harlow to board the boat.  The boat took a beautiful scenic trip up the river, which was buzzing with wildlife for all the residents to enjoy.

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Trip to Southend-On-Sea

Residents at Heathlands have been making the most of the glorious sunshine, with a trip to the sunny seaside town of Southend-on-Sea. Residents enjoyed an afternoon watching the fairground in action, from the ghost train to the roller coasters.

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Care Home Open Day 2017

To mark National Care Home Open Day on Friday 16th June, Canford Healthcare Homes across the country opened their doors to the public, Heathlands Care Home invited family and friends for some summer fun at their very own garden party.

Visitors were able to enjoy a selection of tasty treats including a BBQ and a variety of cakes, as well as fun garden games, including a large bouncy castle, paddling pool, and kids entertainment, which everyone enjoyed throughout the afternoon.

The friendly team at Heathlands were also on hand to give advice and information on the different types of care they provide.

Debbie Adams, manager at Heathlands, said: “Care Home Open Day is about connecting people and enriching the lives of residents through lasting relationships with the local community across the generations. We couldn’t wait to open our doors to the community to showcase everything Heathlands has to offer and the difference care homes make to residents’ lives and their well being.”

Visitors to the Care Home Open Day event at Heathlands were also able to view a copy of the home’s latest activities and events.

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Ladder to The Moon

The Heathlands staff & residents have joined a Ladder to The Moon course for a year.

We get boxes each month with different equipment and materials that can be used creatively for the benefit of our residents.

For example, we recently had a “Rebel Box” that had sleeve tattoos in it, which they could wear and T-shirts that they could write their own slogans on. The results were both creative and inspiring.

Ladder to The Moon brings creative attitudes and culture to the heart of the CQC requirements for outstanding services. We recently entered the Ladder to The Moon competition for the most creative solutions to the activity box contents and are looking forward to getting the results.

This programme will equip our activity staff to become key-drivers for a creative culture in the care service and a catalyst for positive change at Heathlands. We won a ‘Highly Commended’ for our evidence of outstanding activities competition for our Ladder to the Moon initiative in autumn 2016.

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Children in Need

On Friday 18th November the activity staff dressed up as Disney characters for Children in Need.

We had appearances from 101 Dalmations’ Cruella de Vil, Elsa from Frozen and Jessie from Toy Story. We also held a best-dressed competition for anyone else who dressed up – and the winner was Rebecca Lee, Head of Activities, who dressed up as Cruella de Vil.

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Multicultural Afternoon

26th October was our multi-cultural afternoon.

The activity team dressed up in traditional costumes and we listened to a fascinating talk about the many different cultures from around the world. We were entertained by Emiko, a wonderful dancer from the Khyal Arts Company and the residents enjoyed a magnificent spread of diverse foods and exotic drinks.

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Remembrance Day

On Sunday 13th November we held a respectful, yet entertaining Remembrance Day.

Entertainer Jodie Stone dressed up in a 1940s military style and entertained our “troops” with a selection of swing and big band numbers from the era. Staff and residents enjoyed snacks and refreshments. We even tucked into some cakes, which were specially made for the occasion.

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Wild Science Visit Heathlands

A popular visitor to Heathlands is the ‘Wild Science’ team who bring with them some animal guests for our residents to meet.

The visits are really interesting because they bring with them a number of the more exotic creatures that residents don’t get to see very often- let alone touch!

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American Car Wash at Heathlands

We held our very own ‘American’ Style Car Wash at the home.

We organised the car wash as a fundraiser for our activities so that we can continue to offer a great range of events throughout the year and put even more on in the future.

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