Aaron House News and Events
Aaron House marks Parkinson's Awareness Month
To mark Parkinsons' Awareness Month (April 2017), Aaron House Care Home, hosted a special event on Sunday 16 April, to teach both residents and staff more about Parkinson’s Disease, as well as to provide special treats to those residents living with Parkinson’s.
On 17 April, two residents living with Parkinson’s, Cathy Williams and Cathy Raton, were treated to a special aromatherapy session, which is a positive complimentary therapy, as well as being a great chance to help the residents relax.
The Home Manager, Akbar Mir, presented both Cathy’s with a special tulip brooch, the official symbol for Parkinson’s Awareness, that he’d bought especially for them, to acknowledge their place as part of the Aaron House community.
There was a chance for all the residents to join in with other commemorative activities, including tying green ribbons round the trees in the garden to mark this importance month, and take part in this tradition. The day was rounded off with a delicious afternoon tea for all the residents and staff, prepared by Aaron House’s Chefs, along with a local singer who entertained residents with their favourite songs.
Yvonne Guzic, Activities Co-ordinator said “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our Parkinson’s Awareness Day. It’s so nice to be able to come together as a community to not only raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease but to have a bit of fun." She went on to say, “As the month goes by we’re all learning more about this disease, and arranging further activities for a very worthy cause. It’s a great chance to be able to support our residents with Parkinson’s, as well as educating both other residents and their families.”
Local 'Crocodile Dundee' Arrives at Aaron House
14 March 2017
Residents at Aaron House welcomed some very exciting visitors earlier this week. Scotland's very own ‘Crocodile Dundee’, from Party Animal Encounters, and his furry and scaly friends arrived as part of their Animal Therapy program.
Large lizards, a tortoise, snails, a native British fox and a Black Japanese Fox all came down to Aaron House to spend the day with residents. It was a real ‘hands on’ day for all the residents, with each getting to snuggle up to the animals – though perhaps the reptiles weren’t quite so cuddly.
The tame fox, Saorise, was a particular favourite, with everyone agreeing foxes were more friendly and lively guests than the tortoise, who perhaps was enjoying the idea of a retirement environment too much! It was also a great chance for everyone to learn about the animals who came for the day.
Sharlene, Activities Co-ordinator at Aaron House Care Home, commented:
“It was such a brilliant day. It was so lovely to see the residents come alive when the animals were there and really get involved. Each resident had the opportunity to get up close with all the animals, although many were surprised to be meeting a Black Japanese Fox!
“We are so pleased we arranged this animal therapy as part of our activities programme. Both residents and staff had great fun and now everyone has some great stories to tell! We haven’t had such exotic visitors before, but we certainly will again.”
Animal therapy aids reminiscence and communications for people living with dementia, helping to induce positive memories. The staff team at Aaron House are committed to providing interesting, enjoyable and stimulating activities for residents to participate in, if they choose. The animal therapy day is the latest in a long line of innovative activities.