Activities at our home
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Life at our home
Century Celebrations for Henry
Celebrations have been in full swing at Adlington Manor Care Home as one of its residents reached his centenary in style. Henry Smith was joined by staff, relatives, friends and other residents as he received a telegram from the Queen in recognition of his landmark birthday. A champagne reception was held at the home and guests enjoyed a special birthday cake made by the home’s chef Alfie.
Originally from Liverpool, Henry served in the Navy during WWII and lived with his wife in Marple before coming to Adlington Manor where he is enjoying a new chapter of his life. The birthday boy said: ‘I can’t believe I’m 100, I thought everyone was joking. I only feel 91!’ Henry believes the secret to a long life is saying active as not many people at his age can still walk.
Fiona Gough, General Manager said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable man as he reaches this amazing milestone. Henry is such a popular resident who always has an interesting tale to tell, and we look forward to hearing many more as he breaks into his next century.”
What could be more Christmassy than laughing along to a Christmas pantomime?! This month we were invited along to a local primary school to watch their dress rehearsal of their pantomime Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. A small group of residents went along to give their support and to enjoy the children’s fantastic acting, singing and dancing.
So that all our residents could have some pantomime fun, we were also lucky enough to be joined by Grand Dame Theatre company, who performed Jack and the Beanstalk in the main lounge. This two-man show brought the classic story to life, and the residents loved joining in with well-known songs and shouting out ‘He’s behind you’. Some of them even had their picture taken with the world famous Golden Goose.
It’s been a busy month here at Adlington Manor as our Christmas preparations are in full swing! At the beginning of the month, residents made and painted their own decorations to go up on the tree in the activities room. We have also been busy decorating gift bags ready for Santa to fill and give out to all our residents on Christmas morning.
Several of the residents also said that they would like to send Christmas cards to their family, so yesterday we made and wrote cards that can be given to friends and family next time they come to visit. We also went out in the mini-bus to a local garden centre to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations and to have a well-deserved coffee and cake.
Last Saturday we also held or annual Friends and Family Christmas party. Everyone was invited to join us for quizzes, games, pass the parcel, a delicious buffet tea and even a glass of mulled wine. It was a great day with fun had by all.
Residents Remember the Fallen
To pay respect to and to remember those who lost their lives during wars, residents shared experiences and stories from their own experience of WWII. Many remembered this period even though they were still very young at the time war broke. The home has pulled together all their remarkable stories into a display whcih can be read by everyone who visits the home.
They also made poppy sun catchers and planted poppies in the garden and as a mark of respect, everyone wore something red on Remembrance Sunday, and staff dressed as members of the land army on the 11th. To cap the homes war-time celebration, resident singer, Debbie performed a medley of war time songs which saw everyone singing along too as they waved their union jack flags.
Residents recently enjoyed preparing for and celebrating Bonfire Night. Although they didn’t have a bonfire, they did get to spend the afternoon making a Guy to mark occasion in their arts & craft group session. It was a very interactive session as they shared ideas and suggestions of what the guy should like and who it should be! As part of this fun-filled afternoon it also saw them making some chocolate apples, which they tucked into after dinner.
As it was such a chilly night, many chose to enjoy watching a firework display on the TV however, some very brave ladies put on their overcoats and went out into the garden to light some sparklers. For many of them it was the first time that they had used sparklers! All in all, it made for a very enjoyable Bonfire Night.
Mayor Pops In For Coffee
Residents of Adlington Manor were surprised to see their local Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore when she expectantly popped in for coffee and to chat to everyone. Cllr. Sarah-Jane Gilmor represents nearby town as the mayor and was elected as mayor of Poynton in May, and was preceded by herself… this is her third term as mayor!
Residents were thrilled at the visit, to talk to Sarah-Jane about the role and the opportunity to wear the official mayoral chain of office and remarked how heavy it felt!