Residents at Haven Lodge, a residential care home in Portishead, have been delighted by the creative work of staff at the home. For the past few weeks, Senior Maintenance Officer Paul Bennet and Housekeeper Melinda Bogyani, have been spying out the home and secretly collecting bric-a-brac and unused item in the home’s storeroom, with the intent of redecorating the bedrooms in thoughtfully- designed themes, such as the ‘Blue Room’ and the ‘Cottage Room’.
The creative duo have spent time searching the home and leaving no stone unturned to find items, materials and unwanted possessions that could be used to give the bedrooms a new lease of life. Among the items they unearthed were jigsaw puzzles with missing pieces which has been arranged to look like a modern art piece.
The redecorated rooms are merely the latest manifestation of a wave of creativity that has swept through Haven Lodge. Staff and residents have unleashed their artistic talents, with the home’s chef Zahra Donaldson, creating beautiful cakes resembling flowers that were used to celebrate Mothers’ Day. To make birthdays extra special, Zahra also employs her artistic baking ability to prepare cakes to honour the celebrating residents.
In addition to the revamped sleeping quarters, the newly -created sensory room, designed by Liz Tedbury, now houses a live water fountain, which enchants visitors, staff and residents with its spray of water.
Fran Stockwell, Home Manager at Haven Lodge, said: “It’s so important to create a comforting and welcoming environment so that residents feel at home. Our super staff utilise every object to add a ‘personal touch’ to the residents’ rooms and in doing so, demonstrate their resourcefulness and creativity. We want our homes to be as environmentally friendly as possible and the recycling of every-day items reflects this idea. We hope the redecorated homes will be a breath of fresh air as the different objects help to recall memories.”
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About Haven Lodge
- Haven Lodge is a purpose-built care home in Portishead, near Bristol. It has 108 single bedrooms with en-suite showers and has four floors, two that provide residential dementia care, one that provides nursing dementia care and one provides general nursing care.
- Haven Lodge is one of four homes run by Hudson Healthcare. All its homes are purpose-built and designed with the wellbeing of residents in mind
- For more information about Hudson Healthcare please visit www.hudsonhealthcare.co.uk