August Newsletter

Welcome to our Newsletter for August and September. It has been a busy August for staff and residents while keeping cool and well hydrated in the hot weather.                

Welcome

Welcome back to visitors and families of our residents. There is no booking system necessary, but if possible it has been helpful if visitors continue to ring before visiting so that staff are aware.  It is preferable that visitors do LFT test prior to coming in but we are aware that this is optional. Lunchtime is between 12 and 2pm., so if you can try to avoid these times that would be helpful.

Staff News

Please give a warm welcome to the new staff members.

Bincy is a nurse and will be working alongside care staff until she has passed her OSCE exam. Carol is Activities Co-ordinator and is also a nurse so will be doing occasional bank shifts.

Congratulations to Sruthy on passing her OSCE exam for clinical competence. Well done! Staff birthdays will be included in the next newsletter but to all those celebrating in August and September, Many Happy Returns!

Residents News

Kathleen recently celebrated her 100th birthday and had a lovely day. Ann also had her birthday in July. While there are no birthdays in August, there are two in September. Florence celebrates on Tuesday 6th September and Annie celebrates hers on Sunday 11th September. We all hope you all enjoy your birthdays with family and friends.

Activities

There have been lots of Activities this month, many thanks go to the volunteers we have, who continue to help with weekly carpet bowls and dominoes/bingo.

Other activities have included craft and chat, knit and natter, pressed flowers craft, card-making, planting herbs and flowers outside the conservatory, manicures and hand massage, film afternoons, weekly hairdressing, crosswords, singalong to the 50s, 60s and 70s music and poetry reading.

We recently had Summer Tour music from The entertainment provider, which celebrated music from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and many countries across Europe, bringing back happy memories from holidays abroad.

Yorkshire Day

Monday 1st August Yorkshire Day. Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August every year. The date honours the Battle of Minden, one of the major battles of the Seven Years’ War. The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry regiment, now part of The Rifles, fought in the battle. Yorkshire Day was chosen to be celebrated on the same day as Minden Day to recognise their bravery. 1st August is also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, campaigned. Yorkshire Day was first celebrated in 1975 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society. It started as part of a protest movement against local government reforms that came into force the previous year. Government changes abolished Yorkshire’s three traditional ‘Ridings’ and saw parts of the historic county transferred to Humberside and Lancashire. Yorkshire Day is an opportunity to promote the county. We celebrated with making cards for Yorkshire day, then had Yorkshire Tea, curd tarts, and Fox’s biscuits (which were founded by the Fox family, Batley in 1853)     

Postcard Group

We have recently joined a postcard group on Facebook called Postcards of Kindness, where we receive postcards from around the world. We have received some lovely cards from Fife, Puffin Island, Vancouver and one from a lady whose family history showed they had a member who was a maid for a doctor on the high street in Gargrave.

If ever you are going on holiday, or even for a day out, we would welcome a postcard, as they often bring back happy memories and are  a talking point for places visited by the residents and staff.

Library

We have connected with the Gargrave library, completed membership forms and from September, they will bring books for each resident if they wish. There are lovely volunteers who will enable residents to choose books or audio books to their liking.

Technology

We have had an offer for free MP3 players for our residents which are programmed for their favourite songs so we will be asking everyone what their favourite songs and type of music. If you know of their favourites, let us know!

There is also a company called Little Islands, who will bring a Jolly Trolley to the home for the afternoon for nostalgia for reminiscing.

Plant Donation

We have been lucky to connect with the community champion, Clare Reed at Morrison’s. She kindly arranged a donation of plants for the garden area and offered a discount for future purchases.

We donated books (from Carol’s sons) for Morrison’s children’s library so it’s good to see kindness spreads kindness.

September

Plans for September include crosswords, quiz, carpet bowls, hairdresser, Singalong with Helen, and the local accordion group will be coming at the end of the month. We hope to plan a trip out with Scad, possibly to Bolton Abbey or a local beauty spot. We are blessed to live in such a lovely place.

We are connecting with Gargrave church for communion to start again.

If you have any suggestions for any other activities that you think will be enjoyed, please let us know.

Also we would love it if you could take the time to post a review on GOOGLE or on Our website

We look forward to continuing to support residents to be as happy as possible.

Many Thanks for your continued support and kindness from All the Staff at Milton House

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