Orchid Care Home in Swindon unleashed their early Easter Surprise for their Residents this week. We had 8 eggs delivered in an incubator on Monday and by the end of Wednesday we had 7 delightful chicks for our Residents and Relatives to enjoy.
Unfortunately one didn’t hatch but with only 3 guaranteed we think we have done amazingly well. With a kind donation of a chicken coop and run from a local Resident we are hoping to keep them to provide stimulation for our residents and fresh eggs to enjoy.
The chicks are kept warm by ‘Robo Hen’ a four legged warming machine that simulates the mother hen sitting on the chickens. As they grow, so the legs of Robo Hen can be moved upwards. The Residents have all been delighted with the chicks and are looking forward to naming them all in the next week.
Orchid Care Home has a specialist Dementia Care Unit with a lot of Residents who either worked on farms or who had livestock of their own so this project will help promote meaningful activity for them as well as be a source of interest to our Residential and Nursing Residents.
Fun exercises like ‘Balloon Tennis’ or ‘The Parachute Game’ are the all time favourites with our Residents.
It is a lovely way of doing exercises to stimulate eye and hand co-ordination and also to have lots of laughter and fun.
Even with it being the darkest day in January , it was full of sunshine with the sound of the Ukuleles.
Pete and Sis with their Ukulele Band “MUSK” uplifted everyone’s mood.
Some of our Residents could not sit still anymore and danced or moved to the rhythm. It was fun packed entertainment and we loved having you here. Thank you so much!
Our very talented young Members of Staff entertained the Residents and their Guests in between their different dancing acts.
They were so funny that everybody had to laugh and got into a cheerful mood.
Next to singers, there were piano players and painters.
Birchy Hill has now got their very own Comedy Group.
Thank you guys – we loved your show!
One of our youngest Health Care Assistants “Alxandra Valverde Garayar”showed great progress in her job role.
She is very kind, understanding and proactive, but also a reliable, trustworthy and reserved team member.
Congratulations Alexa, well done!