Nancy, Marion, Jim, Sheila, Margo, John, Rona, Betty, John, John, Ena, Irene, Etta and Sister Catherine.
Housekeeping & Environment
Billy opened the meeting as usual by thanking those present for coming and introducing our most recent resident, Sister Catherine. For her benefit he explained that the purpose of these meetings is to give residents a chance to raise any concerns or discuss any additional needs they might have such as food requirements, entertainment preferences or comfort issues. Marion N said she hoped that Sister Catherine would enjoy her stay and Sister Catherine replied that she would try her best! .
Billy then gave a short summary of recent activities, most of which were focused around the festive season. The visits from carol singers had been especially enjoyed by Irene and Rona and everyone agreed that the Christmas Day celebrations had been lovely with lots of family visits, lots of laughs, lots of gifts and lots of food.
Billy told the residents to look out for the forthcoming newsletter which would feature these events in more detail but he would really like to know if there was anything that residents would like to include in future activities and entertainments.
Marion suggested more quiz-based activities, as both she and Betty had enjoyed the ones that Tracy (our part-time activity co-ordinator) had been doing.
Etta mentioned that she enjoyed crafty pursuits, making the paper chains for Christmas had been good fun and not too difficult. Billy agreed to source more art materials for similar projects.
Margo and Sheila asked if there could be a ‘proper’ movie night with popcorn snacks and drinks (and maybe a wee gin in the case of Margo!)
John and Ena asked if there could be more games of carpet bowls.
Billy said he would liaise with Tracy and the rest of the staff to ensure all these suggestions were implemented.
The much-enjoyed festive food was discussed at length. Sheila and all the Johns praised the Christmas Party buffet, the Christmas Day dinner and the New Year steak pie. Everyone agreed that overall the food was good with no one asking for any additions. Jean, our cook, explained that she was in the process of putting together new menus and would be asking residents for their input.
Marion said that although there was always plenty of fruit and snacks available, she thought they could be handed out more frequently as she struggled to access them, as did other residents. Billy said he would ask Lynne (the manager) to speak to the care staff about this.
Housekeeping & Environment
There were no issues concerning residents’ rooms or the public areas. Lynn (our housekeeper) explained that the public areas were now in the process of being freshened up with a new coat of paint and new artwork for the walls.
Nancy mentioned that her daughters had suggested there were problems with items of her laundry going missing. Lynn replied that there had been some issues due to problems caused by the equipment not working. However, this had now been resolved and they were working hard to deal with the backlog.
No one had any other issues they wished to discuss so Billy thanked everyone for coming and said to check the notice boards for information, dates of up-coming meetings and entertainment news.