Running a day care service for older people in the Worcester, Droitwich & Malvern area has been a dream of ours for a while now. On Friday 3rd March we were able to realise that dream with the grand opening of our brand new day care service, attended by none other than the Mayor of Droitwich, Cllr George Duffy!
When The Mayor arrived, he was very happy to chat with everyone and congratulated us on setting up the day centre service. He said it was a well needed and fantastic support for local residents and that it was a vital service following lockdown and the difficulties it brought to social interaction. He officially opened the day centre by cutting a red ribbon, which generated a huge cheer from everyone!
The Radfield day care centre for older people is currently being held on Friday’s from 10am – 3pm, at Rotary House, Corbett Ave, Droitwich WR9 7BD. We make sure the venue is warm and cosy before anyone arrives, with small tables and chairs laid out so that everyone can interact in comfort.
Before the big opening, the Radfield Home Care Worcester, Droitwich & Malvern team had been busy preparing activities, teas, coffees, food and even a balloon arch! We prepared what felt like a hundred sandwiches, plenty of crudites and some amazing cupcakes for everyone to enjoy. The balloon arch was a big hit and all of our clients loved having their pictures taken underneath it!
Alongside the Mayor of Droitwich and our own clients, we’d also invited residents from Fernhill House (a care home based in Worcester) to join us for the day. They were welcomed by our team of experienced and compassionate, qualified, Care Professionals and served a lovely cup of tea or coffee on arrival. We all sat together to enjoy the warm buffet lunch, everyone was definitely well fed.
We wanted all of our lovely clients attending to go home with more than just memories. So, we arranged for each person to have their own hyacinth flower in a brightly coloured pot that they can take home with them. Planting the bulbs in their own pots was a good way to engage clients, get them involved and get those senses stimulated!
We chose hyacinth’s as they’re a true classic. They’re renowned for their strong scented blooms as well as being beautiful and quick and easy to grow! The clients all happily planted their bulbs, ready to take home, all commenting on what a lovely touch it was. Client satisfaction is what makes it all worthwhile for us; we strive to provide the best service possible and hearing everyone compliment the activities was just great.
Sally Fern, Business Development Manager at Radfield Home Care Worcester, Droitwich & Malvern struck a wonderful bond with one of the clients that had been recommended by Alzheimer’s Society of Worcestershire. The client was only supposed to drop in for a short amount of time but the pair got along so well that they ended up staying for three hours! The client said they really enjoyed their time with us and made it clear they would love to come again.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive which just made us so happy. Helping older people remain connected is at the heart of what we do and it’s an incredibly satisfying feeling watching that come to life. Hearing people walk out of the door saying that they will be recommending it to other people felt like such an achievement.
If you’re feeling inspired and you’d like to join us at our day care service (or if you know someone who would) please get in contact with our office. Alternatively, if you’d like to join the team and help older people remain independent at home, you can find more information on our jobs page.
Get in touch with your local Radfield Home Care office today and find out more about the support we offer and the difference we can make.