We have so many wonderful memories of visitors filling Pelham House with laughter and fun. The letters and words of kindness we have received from our friends and families in the last couple of weeks has kept us going.
Now as we rise from this heartbreaking time and can hopefully put the restrictions and lockdown behind us we look forward to the future, hoping it won’t be too long before we’re welcoming our friends and visitors back into our home once more.
Here are a few more of the messages of hope that have meant so much…
“Greenfields Nursery school children have been visiting Pelham House since April 2019. The children always look forward to visiting the residents and the friendly staff.
The staff always greet us at the door and makes us feel so welcome. We can’t thank Desiree enough for her input on the children, residents and relationship with Greenfields.
We have lovely group discussions with the residents in the dining room hearing about their lives, singing nursery rhymes and getting the residents to join in with the actions!, reading stories, decorating cupcakes and playing games.
During the summer of July 2019 we were invited to a teddy bear picnic in their beautiful garden. We enjoyed having a picnic with the residents and playing games in the sunshine, this is a fond memory of ours.
The children always ask when we are next visiting Pelham house and like to draw pictures for the residents. We have such a special bond between the care home and nursery we look forward to reuniting soon.“
Best wishes, Christina Greenfields Nursery Deputy
“We always look forward to coming to Pelham to run our Multisensory Reminiscence Activity group. The residents are always very keen to engage and seem to take great pleasure in the activities. One of the best group sessions we had at Pelham was earlier in the year and the theme for the group was Springtime. The group discussion was interesting and the pictures, music and sprigs of blossom and pussy willow sparked off many wonderful conversations around the table.
The staff at Pelham are always welcoming and often come along to see how the residents are enjoying themselves in our group. Desiree has a full and varied activities timetable and is always thinking up creative ideas for the residents and as Occupational Therapists we are always impressed with her plans for meaningful activity! Desiree belongs to our Activity Coordinators group where she generously shares her ideas and is supportive of other less experienced Activity coordinators.
Pelham House appears to be committed to enabling their residents to remain as independent as possible and has a proactive approach to this. We have been asked to provide advice and recommendations on Falls Prevention for a number of residents.“
Sophie Jopling and Sarah Mousley
Kent Occupational Therapy
“A note to say hello to all at Pelham,
What happy times we from SKCC had when we visited! How relaxed: how participative: how memorable was each occasion.
Quite simply, we knew we belonged. How? Because we were instantly recognised on arrival, cheerily greeted by faces wreathed in smiles, and could only feel sad when it was time to go.
Brian – who always comes – says, “There is such a warmth of welcome from clients and staff, not to mention the much appreciated refreshments at the end of the visits! “
And Lesley, another regular in our group, adds; “It’s good to see lots of smiling faces. You are obviously all very well cared for. Also, I love the way that those who can do so join in with the hymns and songs that we sing.”
So, roll on those next visits, since we await the sound of the re-start whistle!”
Vincent, on behalf of the SKCC Pelham visiting group.
“Please pass our condolences to all of the families who have lost their loved ones.
We have thoroughly enjoyed playing and singing for the folks at Pelham House over the last 12 months or so. It has been a real pleasure to watch your residents singing and clapping their hands and sometimes dancing to the music and watching them do this gives us as musicians a real buzz and makes it all worthwhile.
We have made some good friends since we have been coming to your home who will now be sorely missed by us.
Who knows, hopefully before too long we will all be together singing and playing and enjoying life again.
Until then we send our dearest love and best wishes to you and all the folks there including the staff also who do a grand job looking after you all, and us when we arrive with all of our playing kit.
Not forgetting the tea and cakes after we finish playing.”
Ian and all members of the Lost Souls Ukelele Group