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Seaside Fun Day At Bank Close House

Our seaside day on 22nd July was, unfortunately, a rainy affair, so we were unable to have all the fun and games outside. Never fear though, our resourceful team brought the fun inside instead! As you can see, everyone had a whale of a time!

We’ve also been doing decorative connection puzzle pieces, with each resident designing their own jigsaw puzzle piece. When complete the puzzle will be connected and put on display in the main hallway. Here are the photos so far. We’ll post an update when the puzzle is complete and on display in all its glory.

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Recent Activities At Bank Close House Care Home in Chesterfield

As lockdown continues, we are still unable to provide off site or external entertainers for our residents, but our staff have been keeping them highly entertained with a variety of games and activities.

We had a hoopla competition, which Rita won!

Please click on the thumbnails to view the hoopla images.

We also celebrated World Chocolate Day on 7th July during which we held a chocolate tasting afternoon. You can imagine that went down very well and was very much enjoyed by residents and staff alike.

Please click on the thumbnails to view the chocolate tasting photographs.

We are all hoping for glorious sunshine on 22nd July, when we will be holding our “By The Seaside Day” in the garden. On offer will be burgers, hot dogs and chips for dinner and plenty of seaside games and fun for all.

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A Rainbow Of Hands At Bank Close House, Chesterfield

This week our residents have been busy making a rainbow of hands. They have used different coloured card to have their hands drawn round and some have asked for messages to be written on them.

These hands are now proudly displayed on the top of our notice board in the main hallway. Many of the residents have been trying to see if they can spot their own hand and have been admiring them all.

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We also have a few thank yous to say again this week:

We’d like to thank Shelagh’s sewing circle who have kindly donated a selection of homemade face masks for staff to wear when they do their own things at home and outside of work.

Secondly, we’d like to thank Cynthia (Hazel’s daughter) who has very kindly brought in some lovely things for staff as an appreciation of their ongoing hard work and dedication.

We’ve also just had some lovely laundry bags delivered from “Castle Sewing Hub” at Bolsover for all our staff to put their uniforms in, ready to wash when they finish work.

Finally, we like to thank our local co-op store who have kindly donated a hamper for all the staff to enjoy!

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Pizza, Games & VE Day Preparations!

A few thank yous first of all.

We’d like to say thank you to St Mary’s School for sending us some face shields that their students have made for us. A local company also donated some more face shields.

Thank you to Domino’s Pizzza in Chesterfield who kindly donated 3 large margarita pizzas for all our staff as an appreciation for all their hard work. They went down a treat!

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Thank you too to Wendy Cooper from Temple Spa who kindly donated “pamper packages” for all our staff as a gesture of good will. Here’s Josie, our activities coordinator with the lovely gifts.

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Our Residents have been passing the time participating in arts & crafts. Some have been decorating numbers for their bedroom doors and colouring in bunting for our VE Celebrations – 75 years since VE Day!

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The flags have been strung together and are proudly displayed in the conservatory and lounge for all to see and remember.

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Residents have also been taking part in their favourite “Target Game/Bean Bag Toss” which gets very competitive at times!

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We have also received some lovely letters for our residents from people at Remedi, which are displayed in the main hall way for all to see.

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Easter, Birthdays & Clapping For Carers

All our residents enjoyed a Easter Buffet tea followed by Easter cupcakes which were made by our wonderful cook, Pauline. These went down a treat!

Luckily the weather has been very kind to us these last couple of weeks and our residents have been enjoying the garden and wildlife under the umbrellas. Joan and Lydia have been taking advantage of the lovely weather and sitting out in the garden very frequently.

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Celebrations have been ongoing with birthdays:

Steven, a staff member, worked all day on his birthday and everyone enjoyed a slice of cake to celebrate! Our staff member, Heather, celebrates her birthday on 23rd April.

Dot (Resident) had her  birthday on 21st April. She enjoyed a day of celebrations with her family coming to see her and chatting to her through the lounge window. Dot also had 2 cakes and a buffet tea was enjoyed by all.

Residents have also been keeping in contact with their families on the phone, which they all enjoy. Lydia, Dot and Liz continue to call their families on their own mobiles. Some Relatives have driven up to the home and spoken to their loved ones through the open windows, whilst obviously observing social distancing guidelines.

We have received some kind donations from a staff member's family for all staff as an appreciation of their hard work and dedication, especially at this difficult time. We would also like to thank Chesterfield Royal Hospital for donating a “Dettol Anti-Bacterial” pack to all Staff which was very gratefully received.

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Our residents have also been clapping for carers on a weekly basis...

Everyone has been colouring in some more rainbows and we are going to design a rainbow cascade along the notice boards and lounge doorways.

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We have proudly displayed messages from relatives and friends on our main notice board for all to read – more will be added!

Over the next few days residents will be painting their own mugs.  Pictures of these will follow in our next update.

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This Week At Bank Close House Care Home In Chesterfield

Here at Bank Close house our residents have been really busy over the last week.

John and Liz have been writing letters to their families…

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and some of our residents have been making “Stay Safe” hand print signs. Here are John and Barbara’s fantastic creations:

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Dorothy had a phone call from her son, Terry, this morning and Margaret has been relaxing in the conservatory, which is covered in brightly coloured flags.

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We have also received some rainbow pictures from Rocco, who is Karen, our Senior Carer’s grandson. We have also received some from Brampton Primary School.  Rocco’s designs have taken pride of place around the home, on the notice board and front lounge window, and the ones from Brampton Primary School are displayed beautifully on the main sign at the bottom of the drive.

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Care Home Chesterfield Latest News

Well, it’s been a strange few weeks, but everyone here at Bank Close House has kept their chin up and soldiered on.

We shut our doors to all non-essential visitors on 17th March, in order to keep our residents and staff safe.  Despite the Coronavirus outbreak, all our ladies enjoyed Mothers Day. Lots of them received phone calls, which they were very pleased about.

Our residents have also been sending messages to their loved ones, which you can see below.

We have also recevied some letters from pupils at Holmegate Primary School in Clay Cross. The pupils have written to our residents several times and the teacher has provided them with our address so they can continue whilst at home. Here’s some of or residents reading the letters.

John received a phone call from Maureen this morning. Lydia has been enjoying a cigar in the garden and rings her family on her mobile phone. Dot keep in touch with her family via mobile too.

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We’ve even had a couple of Robins visit us in the garden!

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World Book Day & Birthdays At Bank Close House Care Home In Chesterfield

It’s been busy, busy busy this week at Bank Close House care home in Chesterfield.

We celebrated Doreen’s 93rd Birthday on 3rd March.  She had visits from her family during the morning and had plenty of cards and presents to open.   In the evening we had a buffet tea with a lovely cake and all the residents and staff sang Happy Birthday to her. Doreen had a lovely birthday and really enjoyed her day. She thanked everyone for all their effort and best wishes.

The 5th March was World Book Day, a day to celebrate books and stories in all their forms and glory. Barbara and John were pointing out countries on the Globe in the hallway and talking about where they had visited. Garry has been reading his football programmes and Jean has been “exercising her brain” by doing some puzzles. Joan has been having “doll therapy” in the lounge and Hazel has been looking at pictures in a book. 

John has also been arranging the artificial plants in the Conservatory – Alan Titchmarsh eat your heart out!