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Spring Is On Its Way At Norfolk Care Homes

Hairdressers at Norfolk care homes

Hello again! Spring is on its way, hoorah! Bringing with it beautiful drifts of snowdrops to the peaceful garden at Nightingale Care Home. But who is this lady (or gentleman?) surveying the landscape from an elevated position? I am often asked this question when I show people around the home, but I haven’t yet found out.

If you know if the figure-or what she’s standing on has any significance, please let me know!

As you can see, some of our lovely residents have been busy making decorations for activities at norfolk care homesValentine’s Day, and with the help of our Activities team, they created an eye catching display for the party on Sunday. We were entertained by Vicky, our regular artiste who loves to get a rousing singalong going. As usual our partygoers loved her – thank you Vicky! And the party was made possible because of generous donations, as mentioned in my first blog…thank you again!

Now it’s time to meet some more of The Nightingales!

Norfolk care homes EmilyThis week I shone my virtual spotlight on 2 more of the team:
This is Emily. She joined us in 2012 when she was just 17. Her role as part time Laundry Assistant allowed her to concentrate on her college course, studying Performing Music. However, by the time she was 18, she’d realised how much she enjoyed being with the residents, and so moved from the laundry to become a Care Assistant. She told me that one of her favourite things to do is help the people in her care to look their best at the start of the day and make them feel special and happy. Emily has a cheerful nature, often to be heard singing along the corridors. In fact, she even joins her sister Vicky on the microphone for a song or two at our events. Having completed her NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care last year, she would like to become a Senior Carer when she’s 21. This year she intends to enrol on the NVQ Level 3, and one day she’d like to start Nursing. Well done on achieving your Level 2 qualification, Emily!

 

Hairdressers at Norfolk care homesMeet Marion. She has been hairdressing since she was 16 and we have been privileged to have her as our own hairdresser for 7 years , coming here every Tuesday. Today Marion told me “I love meeting new people and getting to know the residents at the home. They come into my salon and we have a chat together while I transform their hair. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the end result, and making them feel pampered and special. I wouldn’t change my career for the world.”

The salon has recently been revamped, with relaxing purples, so the pampering experience is now even nicer!
‘Bye for now!

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Spotlight on Our Norfolk Care Home Nightingales

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Meet the Nightingales

SPOTLIGHT ON THE NIGHTINGALES!

I thought you may like to meet the team here at Nightingale Care Home, so this week I will introduce you to Steve and Lorna.

Steve is a Care Assistant, but for 10 years he was on the road as a lorry driver!  In 2011 he decided to make a lifestyle change and moved to Norfolk with his Mother.  Sadly she became ill with Cancer, and seeing the care that she needed, he felt compelled to follow a new career path in care.  Steve joined us as a Care Assistant in 2013 and has attended mandatory training, studied The Principles of Dementia and Steve AT Walsham Grange care home in norfolk more recently completed his NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care.

Well done Steve!          

Today Steve told me “I absolutely love the job!  These people need our help and our care, and I love the satisfaction I get by giving that to them.  I’m passionate about preserving their dignity, wellbeing and making them feel wanted.  Sometimes a resident gives me a smile of acknowledgement, and this makes my day.”

 

 

Lorna is our Laundry Assistant who also joined us in 2013, when she was just 18. (I confess this makes me chuckle a little – Lorna of the Laundry I find very satisfying!)  At the time Lorna was studying at college, so she took on the role as a Bank member of staff (as needed), and went on to achieve Levels 2 and 3 qualifications in Public Services.  Her ambition is to work in the Police Force and she Lorna at Walsham Grange cARE hOME IN noRFOLKhad been told that she should work on developing her confidence and experience of working with people.

Lorna soon became a permanent member of the team at Nightingale Care Home, and her confidence has certainly grown!  She takes great pride in her work, and particularly enjoys organising the residents’ freshly laundered clothes neatly in their wardrobes.  Sometimes the ladies like to help Lorna fold the clothes, and she encourages them to join her in a friendly chat while they work together.

This week we have had the “official” photographer here, so watch out for a glimpse into life here in the near future.  I look forward to putting my spotlight on a few more of the team for you to meet next time, but for now That’s all, folks!

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