Blenheim House celebrated a Day of Reflection to focus on our successes of the past couple of years and to celebrate our togetherness in overcoming the challenges of the pandemic!
Above: Catherine and Ann from our Admin Team open the days’ events under our Marie Curie Balloon Arch!
Blenheim House has adapted and overcome many challenges during the pandemic , so, with a sense of normality returning, we wanted to support Marie Curie in their National Day of Reflection projects. Our home continues to practice our high standard of infection control measures as stated in our Keeping Safe, Our Promise and came together to reflect on these unprecedented years and celebrate our amazing key workers.
We also teamed up with Melkshams’ Community Hub and local school Project SEMH to involve them in their own Day of Reflection, our partnership helped everyone enjoy a day full of decorating, and sharing heartfelt chats together. Thanks to Sian and all of the staff at Project SEMH for involving their pupils in a day of mindful kindness.
Above: Staff and students from Project SEMH also joined our day of Reflection.
Our Blenheim House Day of Reflection was a wonderfully positive event, combining both a day of reflection and reminiscence, alongside fun singalongs and musical activities. It was also a great opportunity to share why we all work in care and our many journeys into our chosen careers
Our resident, Peter, kicked off proceedings with beautiful reading of the poem Daffodils by William Wordsworth. Peter, who is also a published writer, also thanked out staff for their dedication and exceptional levels of care, a touching moment which had many a happy tear amongst our staff!
Above: Peter and Janet share their moments of reflection together.
Whilst residents from across the home joined Peter in the Mosaic café for music and refreshments, they could also enjoy our Community Messages area, featuring a huge Community Heart from members of the public, thank you to Melkshams’ Community Engagement Officer Miriam Zaccarelli for this!
Above: Our residents and staff read the many messages of support from the local community
Finally, a big part of our Day of Reflection revolved around the amazing lives of our residents which are presented in their beautiful Life Story books. Our Lifestory Exhibition encouraged residents to learn about other residents lives and to look back at their own lives and achievements. A moving insight into the lives our our residents indeed!
Julie Pearce, Marie Curie Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Quality and Caring Services, above, said:
“It’s wonderful to see that the staff and residents of Blenheim House, alongside their local community, used the National Day of Reflection to come together and say thank you to those who have supported them.
“While life is back to normal for some, many people are still living with the deep trauma of losing loved ones during covid and being unable to properly grieve for them. The National Day of Reflection 2022 will once again give us all time to pause, reflect and come together, in our communities and as a nation, to support the millions of people bereaved during the pandemic and remember the people we’ve lost.”
The day rounded off with lots of fun activities throughout the day and was a meaningful time for us to come together and discuss any questions our residents might have as we move forward into the new year. We can’t wait to celebrate the National Day of Reflection in March next year and would love to hear from you about your own journeys throughout the pandemic.
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