Thursday, 14 July 2011

New Beginnings

July already and the last post embarrassingly in May. So much has happened it's difficult to know where to start. Perhaps the most important thing to mention is that the bulk of the building work is complete and we have expanded to accommodate 28. Thankfully it has been quite easy to find new residents and we are now at 27. A very warm welcome goes to our most recent arrivals, Eileen Mires, Harry Cook, Gwendoline Pearson, Mary Mays and earlier arrivals Doreen Young, Vallee Dewar and Nora Claxton. A special mention to our newest resident Reg Clarke who is an old friend of Albany House. He used to visit his wife Mary daily when we cared for her a year or two ago.

The increase in residents has also meant that we have needed to increase staff numbers. There will now genereally be four carers on during the day, with more at busy times and three waking staff at night. The kitchen is also benefitting from having an assistant.

We hope and believe that we can keep our homely atmosphere and we are still small enough that everyone is very much a person and not a number.

There are still a few things that need finishing with the building work but it is all minor snags now. Getting the garden back in use is the most pressing and will start next week. A big, big thankyou to everyone for their patience and understanding whilst it has all been going on. It has been quite a marathon......