Eileen Williams enjoyed a trip to Coventry last week for a shopping spree with vouchers she won in a competition. Eileen, who lives at Herald Lodge care home in Canley, won the competition to design a shield, which was run throughout 15 care homes within the Ideal Carehomes group to celebrate St. George’s Day. She designed the shield with Herald Lodge care assistant, Sian Hallinan, and was picked for first prize with both Eileen and Sian winning £50 in vouchers to spend.
The rules of the competition were that the shield had to reflect the home and was to be created by a member of staff and a resident working together within the home. The competition was the brain child of Ideal Carehomes Regional Activities Executive, Natalie Ravenscroft, who wanted to promote lasting friendships between residents and staff.
Eileen and Sian decided to work together and create a shield with an Angel theme. Sian explains, “It was a lovely activity to take part in, especially because of the close friendship I have with Eileen. She is such fun to be around and we had a good giggle while we were designing the shield. We decided on an Angel theme as a way to work the name of Herald Lodge into the picture – The Herald Angels! The idea of an Angel is protection and care with them watching over us, which is exactly what we do for our residents”.
During the shopping trip, Eileen particularly wanted to stock up on some new make-up, and Sian was on hand to advise on lipstick colours. Eileen ended up choosing a bright pink number called “Kiss Me Quick” and she also stocked up on face creams and bath treats before heading for tea and biscuits. Eileen, who has lived at Herald Lodge for over two years, thoroughly enjoyed the trip and couldn’t wait to get back to the home to tell her friends all about it, and to try out her new potions.
Eileen recently celebrated her 90th birthday and has lived in Coventry all her life. The trip prompted her to reminisce about shopping with her family in years gone by. She particularly remembered the Old Broadgate area and was amazed by how much it had changed since her last visit. She said, “I loved our shopping trip, we had such a lovely time together. It was great fun and I really liked the tea and biscuits in the posh restaurant.”
Ideal Carehomes run a competition each month for residents and staff to work together to win prizes. Breaking down the pre-conceived perceptions of care home life, their residents enjoy an active social environment with events, trips and daily activities on offer. The next competition is to create a postcard and Eileen and Sian can’t wait to get started!