Howdy Partners!!...
We woke to grey skies and rain, lots of rain, but by mid-morning the sun came out and so began a glorious Summers's day.
The garden - Mike's Ranch- was filled with aromatic smell of the BBQ, Hot Dogs, home-made Burgers and Spiced Chicken for everyone, all cooked by the Ranch Leader, Simon- our Head Chef.
John & Angie, our lovely Duo, dressed up as Cowboys and sang a Country & Western Set they had put together just for our party.
Our residents sat on the patio and under the events tent, wearing cowboy hats, Sheriff badges and even Indian feathers, we were delighted to see residents who had not attended events before joining in the fun. The visiting children filled the with laughter and bubbles, playing Net the Duck, Tin Can Alley, and Horseshoe Hoopla, and many other games.
The Garden Room became Mike's Saloon for the afternoon, serving Pimms, cold drinks and alcohol!
Nick & Sarah arrived with their Ice-Cream van, serving cups of tea and ice-cream to everyone.
A special visitor arrived...Pinkie the Shetland Pony. As her owner Zoe lead Pinkie in to the garden you could hear the gasps of surprise - a pony in the garden!! The residents stroked and patted the very gentle pony, many wanting to see her time and time again. The residents who could not attend were not left out as Pinkie visited them in their rooms as well!
the day was so much fun for residents, families, friends and staff, socialising and relaxing together. a big THANK YOU to them all. The Raffle we held raised £155 which will go towards the Residents Fund.
So, A final YE HAW! for a wonderful Wild West experience.
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Eric OkoloJanuary, 2018

“In November 2015 my mother had a serious stroke which left her speechless, immobile and unable to swallow. She spent the next year and half in four different hospitals making a slow recovery. On discharge, she was placed in an interim care home and from there I was extremely fortunate to obtain for her a placement at St Michael's. Since her arrival in July 2017 she has made a quantum improvement both physically and psychologically. Because of the interactive nature of the environment, together with the level of care and respect gladly given by staff, I see she has turned a new chapter in her life which is now more fruitful and engaging. Thank you all for your continued commitment.”

Shirley WellerMay, 2018

“Every member of staff at St Michael's has been very caring. They have tended my mother for four months and given her the peace she required before she passed away. They made her last few months very calm. The nurses, Carers, chefs, housekeepers, office and reception staff, and entertainers, (I hope I haven’t missed anyone) all listened to my mum and respected her wishes. Everyone always wanted to say hello to my mum and she always wanted to know how they were. St Michael's is an appropriate saint for all the ‘angels’ who work there. My mum loved to get to the library or garden room where she could sit with my dad. The staff all supported my dad as well during this very stressful time for him. (They have been together for 75 years.). Staff constantly checked that she was OK.

St Michael's is very warm and friendly. The perfect place. Thank you to you all for giving my mum so much.”

Margaret WoodAugust, 2018

“From the day I viewed St Michael's I was taken by the warm reception of the staff I met. I expressed the excellent feeling I had about the home to my sister who became a patient. She loved her stay there and still did til the night she died there. I have nothing but praise for all their caregiving. The staff, from cleaners to experienced nurses was absolutely wonderful.”