"What a Wonderful Time of the Year"

The rooms sparkled with decorations and lights, Christmas tinsel curtains hung at the doors Elves appeared everywhere, both ornamental & real - Thank you to Mandy & Charlotte for dressing up for the afternoon-. The smell of warm mince pies and Christmas cake along with Mulled wine filled the air.
Tinsel & Star the Reindeer were happily grazing in the garden, allowing people to stroke them in return for a carrot or two. Residents and guest became notably calmer and quieter around the reindeer, proving yet again the value of animal therapy and how we promote it at St Michael's.
The Garden Room filled up quickly with residents, staff and guests and before long it was standing room only, with a queue forming down the corridor!
The dining room was also full of people enjoying the food and drink. Our band "Adrian and the Snowmen" played all afternoon, everyone enjoying their wonderful music, such talented musicians, these gentlemen played for us at a Jazz party back in February and will certainly be back in 2018.
We had a surprise visit from Piggybank Nursery, fifteen 2-3 year olds visiting the reindeer then singing songs for us. The children and their teachers stayed fro some time as they were all feeling comfortable in the surroundings and having such a good time with residents and families, so comfortable in fact that some of them fell asleep!! They left clutching their present a selection box from us, with a promise from the nursery owner that we would definitely link up and arrange regular visits - a nursery afternoon in the Garden Room with children and residents.
The afternoon went so quickly, lots of laughter, singing dancing and party games. It was indeed a wonderful time of the year, seeing everyone gathered together having fun.

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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.”

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."”

Derek BroughAugust, 2019

“St Michael's is a beautifully situated care home in a tranquil setting. The atmosphere is calm and peaceful.
The care my mother received in the last months of her life was kind, caring and professional. It is a difficult job and the staff here do it wonderfully well.
We were indeed lucky, as a family, to have my mother so well cared for and we can't thank the staff enough for giving us peace of mind.”