2021 New Beginnings


Care home looks to the new year with a new focus on celebrating togetherness

Nobody could have foreseen the globally historic events of 2020 and the devastating crisis which would cast a dark shadow across the social care sector in the United Kingdom.

Throughout the year, Orchard House Care Home has striven to maintain as much normality as possibly in the daily lives of the residents they care for.

Staff have come together as a team to do all they can to support residents and their loved ones maintain relationships, as well as support them both physically and emotionally through person-centred and meaningful care.

No-one could forget the images of the nation coming together every Thursday to ‘clap for carers’ in support of social care and the NHS. This was replicated at Orchard House when, every week, staff, the local community, and supporters would clap the team from outside of the home.

In June, the residents organised a surprise ‘Thank You’ party for the team in gratitude of the dedication shown by all of the staff during the first lockdown.

The residents were eager to also show their appreciation and wrote their own special messages for staff: “They are always very cheerful in the morning. They bring me lovely, cooked breakfasts. The word carer doesn’t come into it, they are my family!” wrote Heather, and Tony was keen that the carers were rewarded: “The carers are brilliant; nothing is too much trouble.”

Another highlight of the year was the celebration of events at the Nursing and Residential Dementia Home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire to mark what would have been the 2020 Olympics.
The month of August also included a Fun Day where residents and staff alike raised more than £2000 for the Maternity Bereavement Suite at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

In September, residents showcased their artistic flair in support of National Day of Arts in Care Homes Day by holding an autumnal-themed art exhibition and October saw Spooktacular Hallowe’en activities.

Towards the end of the year, new visiting facilities were opened which enable residents and their loved ones to spend time together, safely and in comfort.

The team put on a glamorous cocktail party for New Year’s Eve with some traditional games whilst dressed in their best to celebrate the new year and see off the back of 2020!

This month the home is celebrating Elvis Presley’s birthday with a themed day of music and activities and will also celebrate the 30th Anniversary of RCH Care Homes with various activities and events to mark this momentous occasion.

“Throughout the pandemic, everyone has gone above and beyond to ensure the residents at Orchard House remained safe. Both our residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed the events and activities that were put on during 2020. Sport, music, the arts, and culture were used to create opportunities for joyful moments, laughter, reminiscence, and a sense of family community during what have been such dark times for so many.

The sense of community we have here amongst not only the residents, but also their loved ones and our team is such a crucial and important part of what makes Orchard House a home. It is this spirit that has got us through 2020 and we are determined to make 2021 a year of togetherness with our families and our community at its heart.”

Throughout the pandemic, everyone has gone above and beyond to ensure the residents at Orchard House

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