"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.”

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”

Rita CookJuly, 2019

“My mother had a short stay at St Michael's but she was looked after and cared for excellently. Mum was very poorly but nothing was too much trouble for the staff at St Michael's. It was a very caring home and kept spotlessly clean. There was plenty going on and the social team didn't leave those out who were unable to leave their rooms even if they went in and had a chat or read a book with them. Receptionist very kind and helpful.”