"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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Linda StephensOctober, 2018

“Lovely nursing home, all staff very sweet and caring. The nurses were very attentive and on the ball. Entertainment staff very jolly and always trying to find new things to keep the residents amused.
My mother was admitted from hospital on 'end of life care'. When we viewed the home my family and I found it very calm and quiet and we felt it was a lovely environment to be nursed.”

Corinne ElmesJune, 2017

“My father-in-law was admitted to St Michael's Care in April 2017. He had very complex and sometimes very difficult needs but our worries soon evaporated with the professionalism and kindness of all the staff. Not only did the staff care for him with respect and dignity they also reassured and involved us with every step of his care and forward planning. I cannot stress enough the kindness and patience shown by the staff. Thank you.”

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.”