Archive for : January, 2015
As 2014 has come to an end we would say we have had a very productive and busy year here in the activity department of Bridhaven. With the introduction of inter-floor competitions (such as bowling, cards, putting club etc) we have had fun as well as improving our fitness levels.
In addition to our usual group and individual sessions i.e Sonas, Activity In Care Therapy, Reminiscence Therapies we had our Walking Club back in action all throughout the spring and summer months. We had walks in and around Mallow as well as our usual visits to Doneraile Park. And very recently we took a walk into Mallow town in the evening to see the new Plaza and the Christmas lights.
As well as the many outings we have had through the year to the races, library, shows to name a few, we also have had a lot of visitors into Bridhaven to see us. Musicians, therapy dogs, historians, pottery instructors, Kinesiology therapists, beauticians, theater groups etc.
Two big projects we had this past year involved our very active knitting group who earlier in the year knit blankets and cardigans for the neo-natal babies in Cork University Maternity Hospital and in the past few months knit over 450 little hats for Innocent Smoothies to raise money for Age Action Ireland.
Community interaction is very important to our residents so we in this past year we have connected with many schools and communities in the local area.
During the summer we had Hayley O Sullivan who was the 2013 Rose of Tralee in to visit us before she handed her crown over. We had Anna Geary, who not only is the current Cork Rose but also captained Cork Ladies Camogie to win the All-Ireland this year and just a few weeks ago we had the Mallow Utd under 10s who spent a lovely morning with our residents. And throughout the Christmas period we had no less than 12 school choirs visit us here in the nursing home, singing Christmas carols.
With such a busy year almost behind us we are already planning for 2015. A new sensory garden is on its way – which will be maintained by our residents, weekly men’s club evenings, mediation sessions, themed weekly activities which proved very successful this year, 6 productions by The Butterfly Company, new outings visiting farms, towns and gardens, a new fitness class and of course our usual celebrations of Valentines, Easter, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween etc. being just a few planned activities it looks like 2015 will be as busy, productive and enjoyable as 2014. All we can say is ‘Bring it on we are looking forward to it!!!’
Trish O Sullivan,
Senior Activities Co-ordinator.