It has been a busy Summer at CLS care homes across the region. A visit from the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a D-Day remembrance party are a small piece of the story.
George Osborne pops over on National Care Home Open Day
For CLS-run Leycester House in Mobberley, an extra special visitor in the form of George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Tatton, helped make National Care Home Open Day all the more memorable for residents, staff, and visitors.
Mr Osborne took a tour of the home, and later joined the residents for a garden party. Commenting on his visit, the Chancellor said: “The staff do a brilliant job and it is good to see that people who have contributed so much to our communities throughout their lives, are being cared for so well.”
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of the most important operations of the Second World War, the Normandy beach landings, residents and staff at The Elms care home, in Crewe, held a wartime themed celebration; dressing up in 1940s’ style fashion and decorating the home to match.
The day was filled with breathtaking stories and shared memories of WWII. 88-year-old Cyril Poste (pictured), originally from Sussex, was stationed in India where he served as a code-breaker for the Royal Corps of Signals. He recalled: “Those were difficult years, but you also had the good times too. You made friends with people you would never otherwise have met, and everyone really pulled together.”
Thorley House turns 60
Thorley House in Hindley, Wigan, has celebrated the 60th anniversary of the home’s opening. Residents marked the occasion with a party worthy of such a long period of dedicated service. Staff were dressed up in the style of their 1950s counterparts, and residents and visitors were treated to a 1950s themed buffet lunch.
Singer and performer Sandra Curry put on a special ’50s singing and dancing show, and Wigan Mayor, Cllr Billy Rotherham, and Reverend Ray Hutchinson of All Saints Church in Wigan, both attended to show their support for the home. The Reverend even performed a blessing on the home, much to the delight of staff and residents.
A fair they’ll never forget
CLS care homes across the North West commemorated this year’s Dementia Awareness Week with a host of memory fairs, each with their own historical theme, chosen by the residents. The fairs were designed to provide members of the local community with the chance to come to the home and share their memories of the local area with residents.
This year’s fairs saw residents ‘going back to school’, remembering Hollywood greats of the past, re-living the walking days of their youth, and dusting off their dancing shoes for a day revisiting the ‘Swinging ‘60s’. All money raised was donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and in some cases to the residents’ activities fund.
These are just some of the highlights of a very exciting and memorable summer at CLS. Staff work extremely hard all year round to provide high quality, meaningful care for all CLS residents, which includes ensuring a fun-filled activities schedule that appeals to residential and day-care customers alike.