Newsletter Summer 2017

We have had a lovely spring and summer at Rowan House, enjoying the warmer weather.

Karen is enjoying her new office which has created a far better space for meeting with families, medical professionals, staff etc. Removing the nurses station in the smaller of the 2 lounges has created a larger living space for the residents and a separate area where residents can sit at a table to eat, or talk or play games etc.

As recommended by the fire brigade, we now have a new addressable fire alarm system which accurately locates where a fire alarm has been set off and therefore the exact location of the fire.

We have restructured the Management team at Rowan House and we now have an extra Duty Manager. Michelle, who has worked at Rowan House for many years, has taken this role permanently and is proving to be a great asset to the Management team. Having an extra Duty Manager strengthens the team, providing additional support to Karen (Home Manager) and the carers as and when required.

We are pleased to welcome some new staff into Rowan House; Karan, Alison, Chris and Lewis who have all settled in well and are doing a great job.
We are also delighted to welcome some new residents; Alfrey, Lilian, Roger, Bob, Kathleen, and Dorothy who again are all settling in well.
We have continued to be able to accommodate a number of different people into Rowan House for respite care throughout the summer and seen a few familiar faces return.

We are always looking for new and different activities and visitors for our residents to enjoy at Rowan House.
The residents have been enjoying lots of music and singing from 3 different entertainers; Pat and Dave, Peter Scott and Johnny. The Dean of the Methodist Church came in to Rowan House on Sunday with some local children which went down really well with the residents, so this will be a monthly visit going forward.

Beth does armchair aerobics with the residents every week, as well as lots of art and craft activities. Our volunteer, Mathew, plays Domino’s and bingo with the residents each week. We have regular visits from the Home Minister and Chaplaincy who sit and talk to residents and arrange quizzes.

A few of the residents have been enjoying attending the Day Care Centre on a Monday with Mandy. Every Monday afternoon Mandy plans a local outing in the minibus. Details are posted on the ‘Activities Notice Board’ and residents can choose to join in if they want to. We have seen an increase in attendance on the trips throughout the summer – which is great! Some of the trips include visits to Prince Town, Yelverton, Looe, Seaton, Saltash Garden centre and Rough Tour.

We are now beginning to think about organising Bonfire night and Christmas celebrations!