Winter Newsletter 2022/23

Welcome to our Winter Newsletter

We have had a busy few months with Christmas and New Year celebrations

Visiting

We welcome visitors and families of the residents. If visitors wish to ring before visiting it can be helpful so that staff are aware. 

Lunchtime is between 12.30pm and 2pm if families would try to avoid disturbing their family member during this period. Please can ALL visitors use the New Main Entrance (by the lift) and sign in using Our new Confidential singing in book. We would also like to invite any comments or suggestions, there are slips available by the door on the noticeboard. And there are also mini questionnaires, both of these can be posted in the grey letter box.

Staff News

Best Wishes to Staff celebrating birthdays or other celebrations.

If anyone wishes to have a special mention or is celebrating special occasions, let us know!

We continue to appreciate the help of the two Sixth form pupils from the Girls High School who are on work experience on Wednesday afternoons.

Residents News

We continue to celebrate birthdays and had a few over the festive time.

Brian on Christmas Eve and Jean on Christmas day.

First birthday of the year is Sandra.

Many Happy Returns!

New Residents

We have welcomed new residents another lady, Pat, along with Sandra, Janet, Enid, Brian and also David who had a stay with us for a few months and for Christmas time.

We had a lovely festive Residents/ Representatives meeting on 7th December where we shared the good news of recent progress in the home and ideas for activities, along with Mulled wine and Mince pies.

We will plan another Residents/Representatives meeting in the Spring and if you have any suggestions but are unable to attend, please let us know.

Forget me nots

Our thoughts and wishes go to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones recently and special wishes to Andy, husband of Maureen. 

Activities

We have had lots of activities over the Festive period.

A lovely Afternoon and mince pies was shared with Gargrave Handbell Ringers on 7th December.

The Christmas singalong with Frank & Christmas Party went really well along with a visit from Santa with gifts for all residents and also for our lovely volunteers.

Gargrave School children came and did delightful Carol Singing for us, and we had lovely cards and letters from them, which the residents thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Milton House Tombola with Gully was enjoyed, thanks go to everyone who donated to this.

Other events have been Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas Film/treats, Monthly Exercise with Josephine, Christmas Hamper Raffle draw, Communion, Harry’s Accordion Christmas Concert, Christmas Bingo, Christmas Crafts, Games mornings in Lounge with Skittles, Magnetic Darts, Christmas celebrations, Christmas Reminiscence.

The lovely singalong with Hattie Bee, Vintage Singer on 28th December was most enjoyable.    

Carpet bowls with Eileen and Mary, and Bingo/dominoes with Elspeth continue weekly which everyone enjoys.

Library books exchange is monthly with a break in January to catch up on reading the books we have.

Care staff and Carol continue Manicures, if there are any special requests regarding nailcare please let us know.

We had New Year Resolutions chats & hopes for 2023 and  New Year’s Day Celebrations

Postcards

We have received some more lovely cards and letters and also cards of kindness from the Skipton Girls High School so we will be busy replying in January.

January/February Events

We will be celebrating International Flower crafts Flower day, Chinese New Year, Burns Night, Valentine’s Day, and as part of our cultural awareness, discussing and doing crafts for the Punjabi festival Lohri.

We also are doing more activities such as cookery, sewing and home crafts as requested by some of our residents.

If you have any other ideas please let us know.

Happy New Year 2023 from all the Team at Milton House

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