Corner Lodge Newsletter March 2018

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Welcome to March’s Newsletter.  Not long until the warmer weather is here and we can start to enjoy summer walks along our beautiful beaches!

CQC Report – Displayed in Reception

Corner Lodge received an inspection by the Care Quality Commission at the end of November. CQC look at 5 KEY AREAS which are:

  • Is the service safe?
  • Is the service effective?
  • Is the service caring?
  • Is the service responsive?
  • Is the service well-led?

We are pleased to say that we achieved an overall rating of GOOD in all these areas!

The Management would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL STAFF at Corner Lodge for all their hard work and dedication to achieve this. Well done!


Wild West comes to Corner Lodge! Monday 12th 2pm

Yes folks! Get ready for an afternoon of Country and Western music with the Country Soul Circus who will be here to get everyone up singing and dancing to some classic songs. This is a new group to Corner Lodge and we are sure they will be a huge hit with the residents!


Party Pets Easter Special – Saturday 31st March 2pm

Party Pets will be here for an Easter Special with baby lambs, chicks and Easter bunnies for all the residents to cuddle!

Everyone is welcome to see the animals and take a photograph or two.

Feel free to bring along your children and grandchildren.


World Book Day Fancy Dress

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO in 1997 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

On 1st March 2018, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own through free book tokens that are distributed through schools.

This year, Corner Lodge is joining the celebration and encouraging staff and visitors to dress up to represent their favourite book, author, or character. Whether you’re fan of Tolstoy, or “The Lord of the Rings”, or Eeyore we’d be thrilled to have you join in the fun. Lori says: My favourite book, “Green Eggs and Ham” written by Dr Seuss.


Concerns, Criticisms & Complaints:

We welcome them all. If you’re not happy with something we’ve done, or haven’t done, or if there’s something we could be doing better, please let the management team know straight away. We don’t want even the slightest niggle to go unresolved and become a major problem. If things aren’t up to scratch please, speak up!


March Entertainment

Thursday 1st CCA School Children Visit 2PM
Tuesday 6th CCA School Children Visit 2PM
Wednesday 7th Little Pals Nursery School Visit 1:30PM
Thursday 8TH Tessa Collitt 2PM
Monday 12th Country Soul Circus 2PM
Tuesday 13th Sing-a-long with Ann 2PM
Thursday 15th The Troubadours 2PM
CCA School Children Visit
Friday 16th Bill & Jim 2PM
Tuesday 20th Sing-a-long with Ann 2PM
CCA School Children Visit 2PM
Thursday 22nd The Jolly Boys Outing 2PM
Friday 23rd Sarah and her puppets 2PM
Sunday 25th Tessa Collitt 2PM
Tuesday 27th Sing-a-long with Ann 2PM
Wednesday 28th Tanya Honey 2PM
Thursday 29th CCA School Children Visit 2PM
Saturday 31st Party Pets and their Easter Animals 2PM

The Reflexologist visits every Monday afternoon.
The Hairdresser visits on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
Call the office for details of Chiropody visits.


Birthdays … Where are the birthdays??

None of our residents have birthdays in March. If any of you have a birthday this month, HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us at Corner Lodge.

Dementia Garden:

We are pleased to announce that work will begin during the last 2 weeks of March. The garden will be completed at the end of the month!!

This will make a big change to the look of the garden featuring raised flower beds, open air seating, colourful decorations, and new plants.

Once completed, you will be invited to a “grand re-opening” celebration that will include representatives from Learning Through Landscapes, the University of Kent, the garden designer, and the workmen who brought the plan to life.


Winter Strolls:

As we all know, being outdoors for a few hours a week provides us with a variety of benefits. These same benefits that can help our residents lead a more fulfilling life. Our aim will be to get every resident outside either walking or in a wheelchair to enjoy at least 10 to 15 minutes of fresh air.

We ask that you make sure your loved one has gloves or mittens and a hat to keep them warm while they are outside.


Saint Urho:

In the northern United States and parts of Canada on 16th of March, you may see folks wearing purple and green … sometimes combined with orange. No, they’re not colour blind. They’re celebrating St. Urho’s Day, the patron saint of Finnish vineyard workers.

According to the legend, St. Urho drove the grasshoppers out of ancient Finland saving the grape crop and the jobs of those who picked the grapes. (Evidently, ancient Finland had a much more temperate climate than it does now).

While most legends began in the distant past, this one has a more recent beginning. The story originated in 1956 and is credited to two men from
Northern Minnesota – Richard Mattson, a store clerk, and Dr Sulo Havumäki, a psychology professor. Their idea sprang from the fact that as there were no Irish descendants in the area St Urho was created to give the large Finnish population something silly to celebrate during the long, cold winter.

This tall tale shouldn’t be too much of a surprise … St Urho’s story comes from the same area of Minnesota as the legends of Paul Bunyan.

Surveys – Please complete & return attached Survey

As you will see attached to this Newsletter there is a Survey for you to complete and return to us. To help us improve our service, we would really appreciate and value your honest feedback on how we are doing here at Corner Lodge. Thank you for your time.


Volunteers Needed:

We need volunteers! Are you, or anyone you know, able to spare a couple of hours each week to come in and spend some with our residents? It is great stimulation for our residents as well as being very rewarding for the volunteers themselves.

There are a variety of activities you could get involved in such as: playing games, arts & crafts, flower arranging, trips out, or just having a chat about day to day things and what’s in the news.

If you feel you could make a difference to a resident’s life, please get in touch with Debbie who will be delighted to give you more information.



Care Plan Reviews: You are always welcome to arrange an appointment with the Senior Carers to review your loved one’s care plan. This gives you the opportunity to gain insight into your loved one’s health and general well-being, ask questions you may not want to discuss when you stop in for a visit, and get to know their key worker. It also allows you to let us know any concerns you may have. Corner Lodge believes that caring for our residents is a team effort and you are a valued member of the Corner Lodge team.

Personalising Bedrooms: We all need our own little corner of the world. If there are items that your loved one is fond of or would bring back a happy memory, please bring it in. We want the rooms to reflect the person who occupies it: It reassures the resident that this is their personal space, helps the staff to get to know the residents a bit better, and creates conversation.

Prosper Project: This is an NHS project that we participate in who compiles monthly reports regarding bed sores, falls, moving and handling issues, catheter concerns, and hospital admissions. The goal of this project is to improve procedures and minimise these issues within care homes.

GP Pilot: The Matron from our GP surgery visits the home twice a week to hold surgery days in the home. These visits identify aspects of concern and are a proactive measure to prevent hospitalisation.

PPC’s (Preferred Priorities for Care): Typically these booklets are given to new admissions. However, occasionally we may need to ask that you complete a new copy. These booklets are required by the surgery, Essex County Council, and the Care Quality Commission to ensure that the wishes of our residents are met should their health deteriorate.


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