"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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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.”

Irene BossJanuary, 2019

“I couldn't wish for better care. Staff treat my husband as a friend and not just another patient.
Always there for me with support when needed.”

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.”