Shimmer curtains hung at the windows, vintage handbags swung from the lights, 1920's pictures lined the shelves. The cocktails were ready, the umbrellas and slices of fruit in the glasses, the shots on the tray, the canapes on the table, the band began to play and the party began.
Residents wore head dresses, beads and Al Capone hats as they settled into Mike's Speakeasy. Our Executive Chef Simon had chosen delicious, tempting canapes, Debbie and the staff on duty worked hard keeping glasses full of the popular cocktails plus the shot glasses of course.
Residents joined in with Adrian and his Jazzmen, singing along to well known numbers. The band were fun, entertaining and talented and will hopefully be returning again.
An afternoon of laughter, conversation and enjoyment passed too quickly with friendships being made and strengthened. What a fabulous way to spend a February afternoon.
“First initial contact is extremely important. I arrived unannounced close to lunch time and was greeted courteously. I asked if the home had any vacant rooms for my 97 year old mother and would it be possible to show me the room/s and other resident areas. I was politely advised that the duty nurse was just finishing a task and would dutifully assist my request shortly. I was asked if would like a cup of tea or coffee while waiting - an excellent welcome I thought. When the duty nurse appeared and after formal introduction, I was shown around the home and the different areas i.e. dining, lounge and garden etc. I was shown rooms that might be suit my mother should we elect to place her in St Michael's Care.
I asked several pertinent questions some were the number of staff on duty at night, frequency of staff training i.e. H & S, COSH, Fire Prevention etc. very satisfied.
My mother, now passed away, was happy and comfortable and was diligently cared for by the excellent staff. Thank you.”
Jane SutcliffeFebruary, 2017
“My step mother was admitted to St Michael's after a 10-week spell in the Hospital. She had previously been in a residential home.
We were very anxious as one hears such horror stories about some nursing homes, but our fears were soon put to rest. From the reception staff to the cleaners, carers and nurses they are, without exception, wonderful. Sadly she was very frail when she arrived and was only there for six weeks before she passed away. The care she received for the last part of her life was, without a doubt, the best she could have received anywhere. Our heartfelt thanks to all concerned.”
Cheryl HoldenMarch, 2018
“I have told the manager and staff how very content and comfortable my brother was at St Michael's. In fact, I tell everyone I speak to!
With multiple health problems, he died peacefully in hospital on 22 February 2018. I cannot put into words how grateful I am that his last few months in the wonderful care of St Michael’s were as good as they possibly could be. All the staff I met at St Michael’s were very friendly and professional. They did everything to make my brother feel at home and one of the ‘family.’
As his only relative, living abroad and visiting just every few weeks, they maintained good communication and even managed to make me feel part of the ‘family’ too.
By expertly managing his health care, they took away my brother’s anxiety in relation to this. His trust in them, definitely went a long way to relieving the stress of his condition.
I feel so lucky to have found St Michael’s for my brother. He was a lovely chap and deserved the best. Thank you so much.”