Care, Compassion & Companionship

Archive for November, 2014


Happy Birthday Cheryl !!


Mediotech Thera- Trainer

As part of constantly looking at best practice, Vicarage Court Care home will be having a Mediotech Thera Trainer. It is an adapted exercise bike for building up confidence and leg muscles. The aim is to prevent falls, encourage independence in a fun atmosphere.

Residents on the residential, nursing and dementia unit will get access to the machine and it will be their choice how often they wish to utilise the machine, with assistance with carers.

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The below youtube video shows how this trainer is helping elderly residents in European countries.



Bumper Pre-Xmas Events & Activities Schedule

Hi Everyone,

Below is a list of special programmes for the December month. These are in addition to the daily activities that happen everyday in the care home.

It is a fun packed bumper schedule…..

Families and care professionals are welcome to attend.

Monday 1st December – 1.30 – 3.30pm – Gardening class
Tuesday 2nd December – 10am – midday – Art Class
Wednesday 3rd December – 10am – midday – “Forget me not unit” Dance Class.
Wednesday 3rd December – 1-3pm – “For Me Not Unit” trip to New College Xmas Party
Thursday 4th December – 10am – midday – Tai chai Class
Friday 5th December – 2 -3pm – Xmas Special Puppet Show
Monday 8th December – 1.30 – 3.30pm – Gardening class
Tuesday 9th December – 10am – Midday – Art Class
Tuesday 9th December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Massage & Alternative therapies
Wednesday 10th December – 11am -midday – Christmas Carols by North Featherstone Junior School
Wednesday 10th December – 3-5pm – St Wilfreds Xmas party
Thursday 11th December – 1pm – 3pm – Vicarage Court Xmas Party
Friday 12th December – 10am – 11am – Residents and Relatives Meeting
Friday 12th December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Tai Chi For Residents
Monday 15th December – 1.30 – 3.30pm – Gardening class
Tuesday 16th December – 10am – Midday – Art Class
Wednesday 17th December – 10.30-11.30am – Pontefract Family Centre Choir
Friday 19th December – 10.30 -11.30am – Xmas Winter Wonderland Show
Friday 19th December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Tai Chi For Residents
Monday 22nd December – 2pm – 3pm – Vintage Academy Singer – “Forget Me Not Unit”
Tuesday 23rd December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Massage & Alternative therapies

The details of the special programmes for the Xmas week will be released once they are finalised in the upcoming Residents and relatives meeting.


Vicarage Court Management

Children in Need

Staff raised money for Children in Need at Vicarage Court Care home. Staff came in dressed in pyjamas and did numerous activities with residents.

Staff and residents had a fun day……


Moulded Food – A Real Treat!

Elderly residents at the Vicarage Court Care Home have seen their dishes literally take shape with the introduction of moulded food portions.

Residents at Vicarage Court Care Home who struggled with solid food can lose weight as the pureed alternative offered to them may not whet their appetite.

So staff have been forming the food into meat and vegetable shapes in an effort to make them more palatable.

Care home manager, Ann Wood said, “One of the main issues we found in encouraging residents to eat meals was the presentation. People eat with their eyes, so providing food our residents can identify and presenting it well, encourages them to eat better and reduces weight loss.”

Cooks worked with visiting dietician to plan menus which would meet the nutritional needs of the residents, aided by fortified drinks and food supplements.

“We now provide diets of the appropriate texture and consistency, which our residents enjoy,” said Ann. “We can offer even meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, and puddings. Our cooks discuss menus with the residents and if they do not like anything on the menu, we will prepare special meals of their choice.”

“This means that we can provide them with food and drinks that meets their individual needs and preferences. We can also identify how much people have eaten, as the moulds contain a pre-measured amount of food. We can also fortify the food with the extra calories or vitamins, if required. Then we put it into a mould and shape it to look like the food item.”

“In many carehomes, residents on a pureed diet had their whole meal blended together. At Vicarage Court Care home the food looks better and the residents are eating better.”

Cook Julie Williams shows a plate with a resident and Claire Hennessey.


Lest We Forget ……..

Over the last week, the residents in the care home have been commemorating Armistice Day.

Many of residents designed their own poppies in arts and crafts. Both units made large posters for the day. We had a large poster of the scene at the Tower of London.

Some residents shared stories of them times in activity sessions.


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