Memory Lane Project at Canwick House in Collaboration with The University of Lincoln

In collaboration with The University of Lincoln, the Memory Lane Project at Canwick House consisted of students from the university volunteering to pair up with our residents in order to provide reminiscence activities and create sensory boards.

The project began in January of this year and wrapped up in May. Students from sports and exercise science, health and social care, social work, nursing and psychology courses volunteered for this project, which was overseen by Rachael Mason and Rachael Hunt, both from The University of Lincoln.

Students from The University of Lincoln working with Canwick House residents on the Memory Lane Project

The students devised activities and developed the ‘life stories’ of our residents, culminating in a ‘sensory board’ depicting our residents’ unique and individual histories. Participation in this project was voluntary on both ends, and the helpful staff at Canwick House helped to guide both students and residents in their communal collaboration.

This project was not only successful in the development of sensory boards for our participating residents, but wonderful relationships were developed between the students, the staff and our lovely residents. Additionally, reminiscence work has shown to enhance elderly care, particularly those suffering with dementia. In order to enhance this experience, each participating student was given the opportunity to enrich and customise their reminiscence projects according to participating residents’ preferences and levels of comfort in sharing information about their lives.

Many new friendships were formed during the creation of the Memory Lane Project at Canwick House

Participating residents were allowed to keep their reminiscence projects as a way to allow future employees of Canwick House to have a unique insight into their lives, thereby providing a base for building strong and fruitful relationships.

The project culminated with a special event at Canwick House which celebrated the completion of the sensory boards and at which participating students, residents, staff, and organisers were all present and were able to enjoy the finished sensory boards produced by the hard work of students and residents.

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Providing All-Around Care for Seniors

When searching about for the best place for our elderly family members, we often look for a facility that has been reviewed and declared outstanding. While this is in fact very important there are other factors that contribute to all-around care for the elderly that don’t all have to do with the facility and amenities.

It’s important that seniors in a care home are given one-on-one attention and always have someone there to meet their needs. Canwick House ensures that each one of our residents is taken care of around the clock.

It is also important to make sure that the care home is close to our own homes. While we want mom and dad to have the best care possible, it is vital that they are somewhere nearby so that we are able to visit as much as possible. This is a vital part of the care home selection process as feelings of abandonment can develop when residents are first moved into a care home and away from their loved ones.

Canwick House ensures that each of our residents follows a daily routine, thereby keeping residents active, healthy and happy. We also ensure that all residents are taken their necessary medications and attend all the necessary doctor appointments.

We at Canwick House understand that searching for a care home can be a stressful process, however we are here around the clock to ensure that your loved ones have a smooth transition into care home living.

We provide healthy and nutritious meals for all of our residents. We ensure that our menu is not only wholesome and nutritious, but also delicious.

Come visit Canwick House Care Home in Lincolnshire today and find out why it’s the perfect care home for your loved ones.

 

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Eat Well, Age Well: Nutrition for the Elderly

Canwick House cares about the health and wellbeing of our clients. We recognise that nutrition is of the utmost importance for maintaining sound health and that is why we are dedicating to providing healthy, wholesome foods to nourish mind, body and soul.

Regardless of previous eating habits, it’s never too late to change eating habits and diet for the better.

For older adults, the benefits of eating well include higher energy levels, resistance to illness, faster recuperation times, improved management of chronic health problems, increased mental acuteness and longevity.

As we age, a healthy diet can be the key to maintaining a positive outlook in life and staying emotionally balanced.

At Canwick House, we choose our daily menus from a variety of colourful fruits and veggies, whole grains and quality proteins to ensure that our clients feel vibrant and stay healthy, inside and out.

Our Eating Schedule is as follows:

Breakfast: 9:30- 10:30

Midmorning Tea & Biscuits

Dinner: 12:30 – 13:30

Tea: 16:30 – 17:30

 

 

 

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Preventing Malnutrition and Obesity in Older Adults

In the UK, life expectancy has doubled in the past 200 years and today, around 16% of the population is aged over 65 years.

Here at Canwick House, we recognise that older adults have special nutritional needs that must be met. Unfortunately, both malnutrition and obesity are prevalent in the older population. We find it troubling that these problems are more common in those who are living in care homes or other care institutions. This is why we are committed to preventing both malnutrition and obesity in older adults.

Dietary recommendations for fat, carbohydrate and dietary fibre remain the same for the elderly as they do for the rest of the population. However, as older bodies change, it becomes harder for them to absorb vital nutrients. Moreover, difficulty in chewing and digesting and the decreased ability to taste certain foods can make it more difficult for older adults to maintain a healthy diet. We aim to prevent malnutrition at Canwick House by offering our clients dishes that satisfy, delight and nourish mind, body and soul.

Many of the diseases that affect the elderly can be the result of dietary factors. Through the ageing process, these factors are then compounded by changes that naturally occur in ageing bodies. Dietary fat has shown to be seemingly associated with cancer of the colon, pancreas and prostate. Atherogenic risk factors such as increased blood pressure, blood lips, and glucose intolerance also play a significant role in heart disease. These are all things that can be prevented through a healthy and balanced diet. At Canwick House, we are committed to foods that are fresh, wholesome and promote the health, wellbeing and vitality of our clients.

 

 

 

 

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Love at first sight

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“It was love at first sight,” this is how Mary describes meeting her husband as she danced away on a Saturday night in her home country of Ireland.

From her tastefully personalised room with all her home comforts at Canwick House, Mary reminisces on her long and happy marriage, which included traveling all around the world, as her husband was a member of the RAF.

Mary cherishes her memories of raising her three kids, a daughter and two sons. Throughout his time in the RAF, Mary’s husband was stationed in Cyprus and she has fond memories of living on the island with her young children. Her children and grandchildren still visit Cyprus often and reminisce with Mary about their time there.

Mary also remembers her brother fondly whom she says used to always surprise her with visits no matter where she was with her family.