September & October 2018 – What went on at Beechtree

As we say goodbye to the warmth of the autumn, Beechtree have been adjusting to the colder and shorter wintery days.

We had one last visit from Ray’s ice-cream van for this year, bringing delicious ice cream to everyone, I’ve no doubt he will be back to us when the warmer days come back next year.

Beechtree always enjoys sharing in the celebration of our resident’s birthdays and we had lots to celebrate in September and October. A few evenings were ...

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Exercise for the elderly

We all know that exercise is good for our physical & mental well-being and no matter what age we are, this fact remains the same.

For most of our older generation exercise was a part of their daily chores and routines growing up. As children, they were a lot more active than the current generation of young people. They walked to school or cycled if they were lucky enough to own a bike. When they got home, they had daily chores ...

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Halloween in Beechtree

Halloween in Beechtree
For many of us Halloween holds fond memories of playing dress up, families gathering together, building bonfires, playing the traditional game of “apple bobbing”, telling scary stories and playing trick or treat while visiting neighbours.
So many of our traditions and rituals are built into this celebration and it’s nice to look at those associated with Halloween. It is true that remembering our own traditions can boost well-being and bring a sense of fun to a person’s ...

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News from July & August

The sun continued to shine for us in July & August and here in  Beechtree we had a busy summer.

With the beautiful long days, we had a few visits from Ray’s ice-cream van, bringing delicious ice cream to everyone.

There were many birthdays to celebrate and we took a few trips to the Oldtown house and O Connors in Ballyboughal for some cool refreshments. A special thanks to Niamh & Maddie for arranging this.

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Why is reminiscence so important?

Why is reminiscence so important?

We often hear about reminiscence therapy in Nursing home environments, and maybe some of you are wondering just how important or beneficial these sessions are to our elderly relatives or friends. In this blog I will look at what is reminiscence, why it is important and how you can incorporate reminiscence into your visits.

What is reminiscence?

The definition of Reminiscence is – “a story told about a past event remembered by the narrator”. If we look at ...

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News from May

Hi All, sorry this news from May is a little late, we have been so busy its taken time to try and get back to write it all down.
Beechtree had a great month of May with lots of activities packed in.
We started it off with the Alzheimer’s tea party with all proceeds being donated to the Alzheimer’s association of Ireland. Janice and her crew whipped up some delicious pastries and all was served on our best china.

We had ...

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Mindfulness for the Elderly

Mindfulness

In a busy world it can often be difficult to find some quiet time to ourselves. Here at Beechtree we run to a different time, a time which promotes and nurtures a space where we can practise this worthwhile tradition of Mindfulness Meditation.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of sitting down daily in a quiet place and holding our awareness of the present moment. Yes it is that straight forward! Mindfulness is not religious. It is a form of ...

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What is an Advocate?

What is an Advocate?

Have you ever thought about becoming an advocate? Are you wondering what is involved in being an advocate and what responsibility might go with it? In this blog I hope to answer a few of the questions in relation to becoming a volunteer advocate in a Nursing Home.

The word advocate literally means “a person who puts a case on someone else’s behalf”. While there are many elderly people in Nursing homes who have families and friends ...

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News from April

Beechtree had a busy and fun April. We’ve had some great afternoons with live music like Celtic View, Aidan Flynn, Peter & Niamh, Billy McGee, Martin Carrick, Brian Carey and for the first time The Divil and the Damsal played for us. All were great fun and brought lots of dancing to Beechtree.

Our trusty Minibus brought us on a couple of road trips this month. A very memorable afternoon was spent in the Guinness Storehouse where the ...

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