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October Events & Activities – Join Us
To follow are a selection of upcoming activities during October. For the full listing, please download our Avondale October 2015 Menu.
Friday 4th October, 11:30am
Kerry Returns with her sublime hour-long fitness session. Mixing high intensity exercises with the joy of dance! Our sessions are specially tailored to meet and match physical the needs of all in our home who wish to attend.
Chiltern Music Therapy
Tuesday 6th & 20th October, 2:00pm
Chiltern Music is once again warmly welcomed back to Avondale with their person centred and tailored approach through music therapy. Their sessions have been found to be a success as well as a delight to behold here at Avondale as so many of those we care for discover new and extraordinary methods of expression.
Monday 7th October
The leisure and wellness team acrouss the country are traveling to London for the national NAPA conference to discuss new ideas of bringing the best activities back with them to Avondale whilst discussing both past and current successes.
Lego Glass walk
Thursday 8th October, 2:00pm
In February Avondale staff completed a fire walk for the little heroes charity who support children and their families living with cancer. Since we had such a good time and raised so much money we have decided to take on the other 3 challenges they offer. Staff will be walking across Lego and then walking across glass. Also they will be snapping an arrow with their necks. Come along and support everyone doing this for an amazing charity.
Thursday 15rd October, 11:30am
Ruth is coming in to provide a relaxing and therapeutic Pilates session. It benefits the mind and the body and is open to all staff residents and relatives.
Local Brewery Trip
15th October, 2:00pm
Following conversation with Avondale Ale enthusiasts, and in conjunction with the development of our new portable bar. Avondale invites residents to a trip to the local brewery to discuss the finer and unknown aspects of the trade.
Friday 16th October, 2:30pm
From a previous attempt to a current success, Avondale initiate their inter-unit bowling championship at the local bowling alley.
Tuesday 23rd October, 2:00pm
Trudy returns with her gorgeous range of flowers to help us make a lovely looking arrangement. The bright summer colours will make the afternoon colourful and the aroma will be fantastic.
All this is happening as well as our normal Zumba, Pilates, Gym Sessions, Bus Trips and much more.
Contact us today on 01296 438 034 to find out more about these upcoming events and activities in October or why not suggest an activity yourself.
Avondale reach finals stage in National Care Awards
Avondale Care Home are extremely proud to announce that we have reached the finals stage for judging in three separate categories in this years’ National Care Awards. Maggie Frankum, Deputy Manager is a finalist in the ‘Care Leader of the Year’ category, the care team are finalists in the ‘Care Team of the Year’ category and last but by no means least Avondale has reached the finals in the ‘Dignity and Respect Care Home of the Year’ category.
As you can imagine, we are over the moon with these results Win or lose, we are incredibly proud of the whole teams achievement in reaching the finals of not one, but three separate awards.
Macmillan Cancer Fundraising Event
On the 25th of October, Avondale Care Home held it’s very own coffee morning to support MacMillan Cancer Support. Jim Kirby, Leisure and Wellness Coordinator even had his chest waxed for the charity! Mayor of Aylesbury Cllr Allison Harrison joined in to tear a wax strip from Jims’ chest during her visit to the home to support the event. We managed to raise a total of £72.83 for this thoroughly well deserving cause.
Avondale Care Home’s Eileen Smith celebrates 105th Birthday with Angela Rippon
A resident at Avondale Care Home has celebrated her 105th birthday with a visit from TV presenter Angela Rippon.
Eileen Smith, the oldest ever person to stay at Avondale Care Home celebrated the milestone surrounded by family and friends.
Asked the secret to living so long, Eileen said: “I eat well, I’ve always had money and I’ve been very lucky.”
Mrs. Smith, who has been at the home two years also said: “I like it here and one of my favourite things to do is play skittles.”
Born in Middlesex, Eileen moved to Bedgrove in the 1960s and later worked at Molins and Ortho Pharmaceuticals.
She was later a member of Bedgrove Church Club and enjoyed quizzes and dances.
Mrs. Smith was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Miss Rippon, which she described as ‘beautiful’ and spent a few minutes talking to the TV star telling Miss Rippon: “I don’t feel old at all.”
Miss Rippon responded: “I’ll come back and see you next year then!”
The former newsreader was visiting the home in her role as an ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
She described Eileen as “ a very inspirational person… If I can be like her at the age of 85, never mind 105, I’ll be very happy!”
Shaun Canavan, manager of Avondale Care Home presented Mrs. Smith with a bottle of champagne as part of the celebrations.
He said: “It is a real privilege to look after Eileen, who has lived through two world wars.
“She really is a delight to look after.”
Angela Rippon talks to Avondale Care Home – 25th June
On Thursday 25th June 2015, Broadcaster, Journalist and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Angela Rippon shared her intimate knowledge of the care industry and her passion for championing better care for older people with memory loss conditions. This moving talk captured the spirit of guests, residents and staff before all enjoyed a light lunch.
If you would like to attend the next talk with Angela Rippon, or any of our other events and activities then please call care home Manager Shaun Canavan on 01296 438038.
National Care Home Open Day – Avondale Care Home
The 19th of June was National Care Home Open Day, an opportunity for care homes across the country to open their doors to the public and display their services to all. On this day Porthaven’s Avondale Care Home did just that!
Not only were their doors open to the public to see the standards of care that they provide, but also for the home itself, it was a day of unity and togetherness. Many a staff member threw aside their days off duty to come in and join the team. A gesture that in-itself proves it is both the passion and the quality of character within staff that steers a service in the direction of desired excellence. Rather than simply the necessity of quantity.
As the public entered through the doors of Avondale they were warmly welcomed by Staff and service users alike and then guided through to our landscaped gardens met by a display of entertainment, activities and most importantly, a community.
Thanks to the hard work of all Caring, Management, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Kitchen and Leisure and Wellness departments, activities such as: volleyball, table tennis, coconut shy, football, caricatures, hoopla and even a barbeque! All activities as well as entertainment from the Morph Jazz Trio provided by Live Music Now, ran fluidly from 10 am until 3 pm.
A charity raffle for the Alzheimer’s Society UK was also held which in conjunction with other Avondale Care Home fundraising events, raised a an impressive £385!
Laughter filled the grounds of Avondale Care Home upon this day and it was a day that will be carried in the hearts of all those who entered their doors on National Care Home Open Day 2015.
Avondale Care Home’s Acoustic Cycle for Nepal Earthquake Appeal
On the 12th of June 2015, the Leisure and Wellness department of Avondale care home in Aylesbury embarked upon a challenge. Having had a resident of our care home affected by the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal, they took it upon themselves to support his commitment to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The two members of the team thought of methods to raise money. With the recent triumph of Jordan Collin’s 42 mile Porthaven “Home-to-Home” cycle that raised both money and awareness for Alzheimer’s UK. Jordan once more took upon himself the physical challenge of another Cycle. On this occasion, however, it would not be the distance that made the difference but the time spent cycling!
Jim Kirby agreed to pick up his guitar and test both his cognitive abilities and stamina. Pushing his limits of focus, dexterity and musical talent.
Between Jordan and Jim, physical and psychological endurance were pushed to their limits as they worked themselves, non-stop, for 7 hours.
They decided that testing themselves was not enough for the cause and to support the resident’s desire to aid the Earthquake appeal. Both Jordan and Jim agreed to wear women’s clothing and also allow the public to take a wax strip to their legs for a donation to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The challenge started at 9am, and after 7 hours, the last chord was sung and strummed and the last revolution of the pedals had been made. With aching minds and bodies, Jordan and Jim had further committed to Avondale care home’s charitable nature and raised over £100 more from what was initially raised.
This event displayed not only Avondale’s commitment for helping others in the world beyond it’s walls but also the will to support the needs, passions and desires of those within their care.