Residents and staff at Cochrane Care Home in Johnstone were celebrating Care Home Open Week last week. The home’s activities coordinators Marion McKay, Doreen Smith and Lainey Begley planned a series of daily events for residents to share their experiences and celebrate the wonderful staff who work so hard.
Care Home Open Week is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of the care homes in every community and remind people that each place is filled with unique, intelligent and charming characters and is run by special people that really do care.
Residents and staff were treated to a care home appreciation day, with a special lunch, rounded off with ice cream from a van. A Hawaiian summer party brought rays of sunshine to the home together with a delicious spread prepared by Pauline Ryan, the Home’s Chef. There were summer cocktails, palm trees, music and dancing.
Families also expressed their gratitude for the work of the caring staff at Cochrane Care Home throughout the pandemic.
A husband of a Cochrane resident said: “Phoning every day during lockdown, staff were amazing. They took the time to talk to me and update and reassure me about Helen and this made me confident that she was in good hands.
Helen has lived in Cochrane care home now for 3 and a half years and over this time I have got to know the staff quite well. I now get to see Helen twice a week, but despite this I still phone for a quick update every day.
One downfall is my bank balance is going down and Helen’s is going up due to the purchase of many sweets and chocolate and bouquets of flowers. But I certainly wouldn’t have it any other way. Helen is and will always be the love of my life.”