June 2021

First garden visit of the year for Linda and a trip to the seafront for Bill


May 2021

Ken enjoys a trip out to the seaside - 7th June 2021

We are so lucky to live by the sea

Farewell Lesley - 27th May 2021

Today we sad a sad farewell to Lesley who is leaving us to enjoy her retirement in Spain. She will be missed by us all here at St Michaels and we thank her for everything she has done


April 2021

Entertainment is back at St Michael's - 2nd April 2021

We are so glad to be welcoming our weekly entertainers back to St Michaels! Starting with the fabulous Tara who entertained us yesterday afternoon, she had everyone singing, dancing and smiling! Thank you.

The Easter Bunny delivers - 2nd April 2021

A special delivery for our residents today

Acoustic session with 'Tall John'

'Tall John ' visited St Michaels and showed us his guitar skills and musical talent. Richard couldn't help but join in.

Postcards of Kindness - Saturday 17th April 2021

Postcards of Kindness was created and launched by a care home provider in 2018. The scheme encourages members of the public to write and send postcards to residents of care homes on a regular basis.
Whilst it’s a small gesture, the results bring a great deal of joy, whilst reminding care home residents that there are other people that are thinking of them around the UK. Receiving these postcards and learning about the sender’s life and interests, often sparks the memories for residents, which in turn and encourages them to start a conversation about their own precious memories…. whether it be their first home, their wedding day, or a holiday spent by the sea.

The postcards are a quick and simple way to bring a smile to someone's

face.

Thank you to all those who have chosen St Michaels to be part of this heart-warming campaign.

Residents and staff alike look forward to receiving and reading the postcards.


March 2021

We open our doors once again - Monday 8th March 2021

A year our doors have been closed to visitors - It's going to be an emotional week for all our residents and families. Mr Ray was our visitor, to see his wife Jill

We had fun celebrating St Patricks Day - Friday 19th March 2021

Our ladies enjoyed a morning quiz - Monday 29th March 2021


February 2021

Vannessa and Natasha love to keep the residents smiling - 10th February 2021

Over the last few weeks, they have enjoyed belly dancing, gentle exercises, and games in the chapel.

We had snow! 10th February 2021

Planting - Monday 22nd February 2021

The weather is getting warmer.. on Friday afternoon some of our residents planted Chillies, Tubers, Flower Seeds and made recycled seed pots from newspaper- getting ready for spring!


Why care homes are the solution to tackling isolation and loneliness in elderly people

Feeling lonely is something we all experience from time to time and for many different reasons, but long-term loneliness can have a detrimental effect on a person’s mental and physical health – particularly in an older person who lives on their own. According to a recent study by Which.co.uk, 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 said they either always or often felt lonely, and research has shown that loneliness can lead to an increased risk of someone developing coronary heart disease, strokes and dementia, as well as links to causing anxiety and depression.

With this in mind, it’s important to be able to identify the signs that suggest an elderly relative might be lonely and find a solution. Loneliness can be tricky to spot as it is a subjective experience, however common symptoms are withdrawing from family and friends, low self-esteem, boredom and low mood. A person’s circumstances can also lead them to feel lonely - such as being recently widowed or having a long-term health issue. Moving into a care home environment offers a practical solution for older people who might be feeling lonely or isolated where they live. There are many benefits for making the move into care which help alleviate loneliness, as well as improve a person’s quality of life and general wellbeing. Some of these benefits are outlined below:

Community

Connecting with others - whether it’s with friends, family or forming new connections with people who have similar interests - is a great way to combat loneliness and banish isolation. Being part of a care home community offers multiple opportunities for people to maintain social interactions with a whole host of different people. Even if it’s just saying “good morning” to someone; these small interactions make all the difference and can help people feel more connected to where they live.

Keeping active

Staying active and keeping busy benefit both a person’s physical and mental health, as well as being a great way to connect with others. Many care homes encourage their residents to continue with their favoured hobbies and pastimes as well as taking up something new, so it’s a priority for the activity coordinators at each care home to ensure that there are plenty of engaging activities available and something for everyone. Flower arranging, live music, baking, a cinema room, board games and summer parties are just some of the activities available to residents at St. Michael’s Care in Margate.

Highly trained and caring staff

Whether it’s nursing, residential or respite care that’s required, care home staff are highly trained care professionals, so in addition to forming strong relationships with the residents in their care (and therefore always being happy to have a chat over a cuppa!), they will also be quick to spot any subtle changes in a resident’s behaviour that might suggest they are feeling lonely or ‘not quite right.’ Noticing these signs early means that necessary changes can be made to a resident’s care to maximise their happiness, safety and wellbeing. Outside space Getting outside in the fresh air is a great way to refresh a person’s mood and also strengthens our feeling of connection to nature and the wider world. Research has shown that this promotes physical and mental wellbeing in older people, so it’s an important factor in tackling loneliness. Care homes have safe outside spaces and attractive surroundings, with many having well-appointed gardens for residents to relax in. Whether it’s a stroll around the grounds or perhaps a leisurely walk down to Westgate on Sea, St. Michael’s Care offers lots of opportunities for residents to get outdoors and feel the wind on their face!

A positive approach

Taking a positive outlook on life - along with eating well, staying active and getting enough sleep – is another factor that can improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing, whilst also helping to keep loneliness at bay. Care homes recognise the importance of the power of positivity in relation to combatting loneliness and therefore they strive to create positive home-from-home environments for all of their residents, as well as ensuring that they eat well and get a good night’s sleep.

Don’t worry about your loved one being alone. Friendship, care and interaction are at the heart of what we do here at St. Michael’s Care. Please contact our team on 01843 834 917 to arrange a viewing.

Sources:

Campaign to End Loneliness: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org

Psychology of Loneliness Report (Campaign to End Loneliness) https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/the-psychology-of-loneliness-why-it-matters-and-what-we-can-do/

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January 2021

Happy New year from all at St Michael's! - 1st January 2021

Let's hope it's a happier and healthier one

Covid vaccination! 8th January 2021

Yesterday afternoon St Michaels Care was the first Home to receive the Covid-19 Vaccination from Westgate Surgery. Kerry was the first staff member to receive her vaccine along with all our residents. Thank you Westgate surgery, we look forward to seeing you again in 12 weeks for our second dose.


December 2020

We put the Christmas decorations up today - 7th December 

Barbara was so happy with Christmas treats from her daughter! - 9th December 2020

Christmas party! - 17th December 2020

Fortunately, before Tier 4 was announced our residents were able to enjoy some entertainment by Mike at our 1st Christmas party. It's lovely to see our residents still smiling, keeping up the Christmas spirit, and enjoying themselves at the end of a very difficult year. Keep an eye out tomorrow for the photos from our 2nd party!

Christmas party 2! - 24th December 2020

As promised here are the photos from our second party where we were thoroughly entertained by Mike once again! We would like to thank Vanessa for spreading cheer and dressing as our very own St Michaels Elf and Natasha for organising such a fantastic couple of days. Merry Christmas to one and all, lets hope 2021 is a better year!!

Christmas Day!

Spoilt with gifts from their loved ones, a lovely Christmas dinner with a glass of wine & video calls to families... Christmas day was different this year but we still made it special for our residents and we had smiles all around.

Robin Hood Pantomime - Wednesday 30th December 2020

We enjoyed the pantomime Robin Hood yesterday afternoon, slightly different from

our usual live performance but the residents still thoroughly enjoyed the show.


November 2020

Enjoying making salt dough Christmas decorations! - Thursday 19th November 2020


October 2020

Thank you for your help Helen - Tuesday 6th October 2020

Millie enjoyed the company of Helen on the Reception desk yesterday afternoon, she wanted to help with the shredding.

Our lovely residents enjoyed a nice chat after their entertainment - Monday 5th October 2020