The Oaks News and Events
Happy 105th Birthday to Alice Munton
The Oaks Care Home resident, Alice Munton, celebrated her 105th Birthday in style, on Wednesday 24 May, with a special party arranged by her friends and family. Activities Coordinator, Lindsay Ridley, and staff from the The Oaks Care Home, in Lexden, Colchester adorned the newly refurbished family room, with balloons and banners on the morning ready for the gathering.
The party, at 2pm, went off with a bang with a beautiful cake, drinks and music, and a fabulous time was had by all. Chris Munton, Alice’s son, commented “I don’t think it has fully ‘sunk in’ as to what you all did for my Mum yesterday – it was just fantastic – and I thank you all so much.”
We asked Chris what he thought attributed to Alice’s long and happy life and he said: “Being a farmer’s daughter, and active on her fathers’ farm, in Chigwell, Essex, until her mid 50’s, it was not unusual for her to use a 14lb sledge hammer and chisels to break up a tree for use on the ‘open range’ at the farm - sawing was too slow!" He went on to say that she also rode her bike until her 60's, proving that leading an active life and exercising, even if that means wielding a sledge hammer, can help us all to live longer! On behalf of all of New Century Care, we wish Alice a very Happy Birthday and hope she enjoyed the party.
16 May 2017
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The Oaks Care Home, in Lexden, commemorated this day by holding a Quiz.
Competitively, residents went head to head with the nurses, with the residents narrowly taking the winning spot by just 2 points.
The winners celebrated by partaking in a high tea with an assortment of delcious cakes.
Louise Baxter, the home's manager, presented the nurses each with a gift of an amusing mug and chocolates, to honour them on their national day. She commented:
"I am hugely thankful to the wonderful nurses at The Oaks, they do an incredible job and today has been a great oportunity to say thank you to them individually."
Singalong with St Mary's School
18 May 2017
Are You Up for a Cup?
Every Wednesday afternoon throughout 2017
3 May 2017
Most of us are lucky enough to have fond memories of visits to the seaside, and residents of The Oaks Care Home, in Lexden, made a few more on Friday 29 April.
A minibus took a few of the Colchester locals to popular Clacton-on-Sea for an excursion, whilst the British weather was holding out. The trip involved a leisurely stroll down the popular promenade and on the pier, and although there was a little breeze, everyone wrapped up with blankets and enjoyed the view and the salty sea air on their faces.
After the walk, fish ‘n’ chips were enjoyed, accompanied by mushy peas, gherkins and tartare sauce a plenty. Lunch was the perfect opportunity for conversations about childhood trips to the seaside, of building sandcastles with siblings, the Punch and Judy show, or just about eating seafood.
Resident, Christine Scott, remembers how much she enjoyed the classic Heltar Skeltar ride, as a child, that has been on Clacton Pier for years, saying “We always had such fun whooshing down the Helter Skelter, queuing up again and again to slide down it. It’s lovely to see that ride still brings so much joy.”
The trip, was part of a monthly minibus ride to nearby destinations, for residents to take in some fresh air, recall happy memories and of course make some new ones.
A ‘Jam Packed’ Day Out for The Oaks
30 March 2017
On Thursday 30 March, residents of The Oaks took a full day out exploring Tiptree, in Essex. In the morning, Trevor Barrell, drove the minibus to the Tiptree Tea Rooms, where they had a full tour of the factory to view machinery and equipment. The tour was, of course, followed by a cream tea, with which everyone enjoyed plenty of jam!
In the afternoon, Trevor drove the bus to Perrywoods Garden Centre and plant nursery, where residents enjoyed seeing the lovely flowers, feeling sun on their faces, and being treated to sandwiches, cake and coffee in the Perrywood Coffee Shop.
Lindsay Ridley, Activities Co-ordinator at The Oaks, commented “It was a wonderful day out for everyone, and the sun shining made it all the more enjoyable. The day went so quickly but we can’t wait to take the residents on another trip to Clacton-on-sea for fish and chips next month.”
A big thank you to Lindsay for organsing the day, Trevor Barrell for his driving skills, and to Jordan Poulson, Darcy Shaw and Seti Pun for giving up their day to escort.
A Special Lunch for Mother’s Day
26 March 2017
Mother’s Day was a particularly wonderful occasion at The Oaks, on Sunday 26 March. One of the fantastic chefs, Trevor, cooked a full roast beef lunch with all the trimmings and served strawberries and cream for dessert.
The team at The Oaks decorated the dining area with balloons and daffodils, and everyone, not just the Mums!, had a brilliant day celebrating.
Particular thanks goes to Trevor for stepping in at the last minute, when our regular chef took ill.
Red Nose Day Party
25 March 2017
Residents at The Oaks Care Home, Colchester, raised money for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day by having a very red party. Residents helped decorate the Red Nose Day themed cupcakes and Natasha Charlton, House Keeper, organised a red themed quiz.
Comic Relief is a charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief's appeal is Red Nose Day, where the whole country is invited to wear a red nose, clown around and raise money.
Staff and Residents at The Oaks have raised, so far, over £40.00 for the charity.
Major Refurbishment brings Luxury to Residents at The Oaks Care Home
28 February 2017
A new and luxurious care environment, including a comfortable on-site cinema room – and care services is set to relaunch in Colchester, following an extensive refurbishment programme.
The Oaks Care Home, in Lexden, just outside Colchester and part of the New Century Care Group, is set to undergo a £1.2million refurbishment, due to be complete in early summer 2017. The Oaks, which is home to 61 local residents, will soon be one of the area’s most luxurious and advanced care centres.
The refurbishment has been a collaborative effort with the residents and their families. The residents – who are remaining in the home during the refurbishment process – helped decide the colour schemes of both their individual rooms and the rest of the home. The care home, which was originally a hospital, will soon offer a contemporary and homely setting, complemented by picturesque views of The Oak’s large gardens and lawns.
The whole home is being transformed for the residents. They will be able to enjoy modernised, easy to use en-suites and a new, light and bright kitchenette, which will benefit visiting families. The original open-plan dining area will now have a fine-dining atmosphere, opening onto the gardens. Modern artwork adorns the walls, and residents and family members will now enjoy a beautiful new tree mural in the corridors.
As always, the refurbishment has the experience of the residents and staff at heart. Kitchens will be updated with the latest equipment to make catering and service much easier for staff, ensuring dedicated chefs can continue to provide a range of healthy and delicious dishes.
The residents will also be able to take advantage of the new deluxe communal areas, including the fully re-furnished family area, and the brand-new cinema room, which means loads of great film nights to come!
Louise Baxter, the newly-appointed Manager at The Oaks Care Home commented:
“This is the beginning of an exciting new stage in The Oaks’ history. Since opening in 1995, we have been striving to provide the very best care. This revamp will allow us to provide a more modern, welcoming and homely environment for our residents and their families.
“We cannot wait to welcome residents, families and the local community in to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment and the difference it will make to our community and the service we provide.”
For more information, or to book in a tour of the newly refurbished accommodation, please contact us on: 01206 764 469, or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us every Tuesday for Tea Pot Tuesday.
Have a cup of tea, a delicious slice of cake and make some new friends! Tea Pot Tuesday, every Tuesday from 11am. Come on, kettle's on...
Arts and Crafts
Meet new friends and join in the crafty fun and laughter at the arts and crafts activity every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm.
Do you know your bones and cards from your tiles and tickets? Or your stones and chips from your spinners?
If you do then pit your skills against the dominos divas at The Oaks! Perhaps you're just beginning or want to learn how to play?
Either way, the team will have you tiling up a double six in no time! Every Wednesday from 2pm.
We also have a BIG Quiz every Friday afternoon, HOY in the Garden Lounge from 2pm, and 'Let's Go to The Movies' Tuesday mornings from 11am and Saturday afternoons from 2pm. If you'd like to join us for any of these events, we would welcome your visit. Get in touch by emaling: email@example.com or calling 01206 764 469.
Ducklings are hatching at The Oaks
23 February 2017
The professional chick and duckling hatching providers, Incredible-eggs, are bringing us ducking hatching joy, next week, At The Oaks.
Studies have shown that older people, and especially those living with dementia, making contact with animals, can boost their cognitive function. We are hoping this hands-on hatching and handling exercise will increase our residents’ quality of life.
Incredible-eggs say of themselves "Incredible Eggs has 5 regional, family run branches throughout England and 1 common ethos - we get to preserve historic, sometimes rare breeds of poultry, and also to rear the more practical hybrid and utility strains, whilst schools, nurseries and care homes get both the pleasure and educational value of being involved in the hatching process. We are always delighted with the condition of birds returning from settings - hatchlings do much better in small groups and the amount of individual love, care and attention they clearly receive in their early days means they get off to a flying start in life."
We are all very much looking forward to seeing these lovely creatures hatch, fluff their feathers and take their first paddle in their water tray! from Tuesday 28 February - Friday 10 March. Everyone is welcome, so please do contact us and visit, feel free to bring a friend along.