The sun may not have shone but that didn't stop the fun at St Michael's.The party just moved indoors!!
Our Garden Room was decorated with everything British & from the 1940's- Union Jacks, bunting, flags & pictures from the era- pin -ups, Actors, Entertainers, Royalty & advertising photos. Strawberries & Cream and delicious scones were on offer together with Pimm's & cocktails appropriately named 'Vera Lynn' and 'Gracie Fields'.The singing Duo "Hotsy Totsy", in bright 1940's dresses kicked off the Party.
Our residents dressed up in hats, bow-ties and silly glasses, waved their flags and tooted their blowers!!! staff members were appropriately dressed in floral aprons and headscarves, making sure glasses were filled and cream teas served.
The music and singing lead to reminiscing and story telling. The "Hotsy Totsy" girls were very good at keeping to the theme and ensured a good old sing-a-long.
During the afternoon, the sounds of an Ice-cream van could be heard.......Ice-Creams for everyone! A big Thank You to Nick & Sarah for providing over 60 ice-creams from their van.
As the afternoon drew to a close brown paper bags were handed out - Sweet Rations! It was such a fun afternoon, the room filled with music, singing, conversation and laughter.
St Michael's knows how to Party.
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Debra KingDecember, 2016

“Mum has been there two years after stroke in 2012. My mother was really active before her stroke. I never wanted to put my mum in a nursing home, but being disabled myself doing all we could as a family at home. First few years caring for her at home we had no option in the end and put her in a nursing home. She needed 24 hr care. Has taken a few changes to find the right one, but we have finally found it. Carers are really good with her and concerns you may have. The manager is really helpful. There are always problems when relatives adapt to living in a nursing home big change for them. Staff and management have done best to make mum feel at home. Problems fixed no problem, they are used to caring for the elderly they now, want works best for the peace of mind of our loved ones, advise, help make decisions. Makes loved one's worries go away. Daily cleaning happy in their environment my mother is happy there & calls it home dining room, tv lounge garden party's entertainment. Good food living room seafront is so close. beach cafe ice cream, pub high street”

Patrick CouchFebruary, 2019

“My mother was admitted for respite care and stayed for another six weeks. The staff quickly got to know her likes and dislikes and managed her path to good health with humour and great patience. Mum was encouraged to participate in the many activities, which meant that for the first time in many years she was socialising. Her medical treatment was properly maintained and whenever I visited her she was clean and well groomed. St Michael's care does exactly that, care! Thank you.”

Edward Oatley MBEAugust, 2017

“These are quotes from a letter I sent to St Michael's Care last week after my mother aged 103 died after having spent 6 years in the home.
"You have allowed and enjoyed mum expressing her personality, she has felt totally at home, she felt at ease with whoever was with her she has been able to express her thoughts and views as you made her feel "at home" with all of you."
"Thank you for enjoying her, encouraging her to do her washing, enjoying her moans and laughing and joking with her. You helped all of us understand the needs of the elderly."
"She constantly said how happy she was with all of you. We could go on and on and that is your strength. We will miss her, you will miss her but her memory is there for all of us."”