Simon Roll, Personal Trainer and founder of Alive & Active visits Windlesham Manor regularly to take the residents through his specialised exercise programme. The goal is simple “To ensure that by keeping our elderly population active, they stay independent, confident and happy for as long as possible.” Learn more about Alive & Active on their website at www.aliveandactive.co.uk
The residents enjoyed a scrumptious carvery lunch on Wednesday 9th May cooked and served by our chef Martin Higgins. Once a month Windlesham Manor offer the residents something a little different, such as a seasonal treat or lunch around an international food theme. Regular tea parties are also held, a chance for residents to invite their friends and family for tea and sweet treats!
The gentle stretching of yoga poses can go a long way in helping develop greater flexibility, which can ensure that you maintain a good range of motion as you get older, other benefits also include the slowing of bone density loss.
The Windlesham Manor residents are greatly enjoying the benefits that yoga can offer, taking part in regular Yoga classes held every Wednesday with Suzie Tait
According to the Petpals Therapy website: “Animals have been used for therapy since the late 18th Century and research has shown that stress reduction can occur after as little as five minutes of interaction with an animal. When brought into an environment where people are limited physically and mentally, animal assisted activity delivers both therapy and entertainment.”
Residents at Windlesham Manor have been enjoying regular visits by Petpals Therapy and other animal therapy groups throughout the last few months. Animals to have visited have included owls, chickens, lambs, ducks and Shetland ponies.
For more information about how this kind of therapy can help the elderly and other groups visit www.petpalstherapy.co.uk
Some residents and staff took the opportunity to make the most out of the warm autumn afternoons and went for a drive with our bus across the Ashdown forest. They turned off the main road to enjoy the sun and admire the views over the South Downs but they didn’t expect to find themselves surrounded by a herd of friendly cows who were settling down next to the bus to enjoy the views and the warm autumn sun as well. After the acquaintance with the cows the journey went on across the forest and back to Windlesham Manor just in time for supper
Well, finally it has arrived – the summer, with a diversity of offers to ensure plenty of events and activities. Throughout the spring and during the dark months of the winter we have tried to keep the spirits up by arranging parties, entertainment, outings, been active with Simon but in the back of our minds we have all been looking forward to lazy afternoons in the garden with a glass of Pimms or an ice lolly.
To create more quality time for staff and residents in the garden we decided to invest in a new care plan program. This to help the staff with their care documentation and paper work, spending less time carrying around folders and struggle with not finding a working pen etc. The new system is also for quality assurance, confirming all staff provides support as agreed between staff and residents.
This summer will have quite a few events lined up with our annual garden party for friends and families of Windlesham Manor one of them. The big day will be on the 23rd August and the theme of the day will be Mexican. Other events are dependent on the weather which will determine if we will have a BBQ or not. We managed to squeeze in a BBQ party between the showers on 5th June challenging the weather forecast. And we look forward for more to come!