Pet month was celebrated in style at both our care homes in May. Our first visitor was Ronnie, the hamster. His owner, Joseph, is Grove Senior Carer Kirsty’s son. Ronnie was particularly fond of Mrs Spoor.
Monty the Maine coon cat, owned by Grove resident daughter Joy, visited a few days later, we thought it was best not to have them both visit at the same, it could have ended badly! Monty, is a big chap but is really laid back and enjoyed being handled and stroked by our residents.
At Castle Farm the ‘pets’ were supplied by Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, who offer an outreach programme to ‘bring the zoo to you’. The handler from Kirkley Hall gave us an informative talk on the several visitors which included a snake and a lizard. Residents were encouraged to handle them and this was taken up enthusiastically.
The Christmas festivities at Abbeyfield Newcastle began with a welcome return of our young friends from Newcastle School for Boys to our Grove care home. The boys entertained residents, friends and family alike with a wonderful range of seasonal and traditional carols and folk songs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the boys’ visit, merrily joining in with the singing. With the concert over the boys took time to join our residents for a drink and a chat.
A high point of the day was the surprise arrival of Santa and his elf helper who distributed presents to our residents, who had all been very good all year! With duties complete Santa left to return to the North Pole. The afternoon was rounded off with a delicious buffet of sweet and saviour treats prepared by our talented kitchen staff who excelled themselves as usual! A great time was had by all.
Manager Kath Brown said “Our residents always enjoy visits from the boys and it was so nice to have them back to sing for us”.