Scotland is a magical place and many residents have visited or are indeed Scottish and so it was a lovely week to reminisce and share our memories of Scotland, we even made a Loch Ness Monster, tried some haggis on Burns Night and some traditional shortbread and whisky. But to start the week we had live entertainment from Natasha who got us all singing and dancing along with her.

Monday 23 January and we were pleased to welcome a Music Therapist who is going to be a regular visitor to Farnham Mill on Monday mornings. She is specially trained in working with people who have dementia, and we look forward to seeing her on Mondays.

We also welcomed back Natasha in the afternoon to sing for us. She always puts on a great show, and we were all singing along with her. It certainly brightened up a cold January afternoon.

Tuesday 24 January and some of our residents got crafty in the morning and made their own version of the Loch Ness Monster. It’s great when we have projects like these, and residents can work together to create something. There is always lots of chat, cups of tea and encouragement from each other.

In the afternoon we played balloon bounce around the home. A great way to keep fit.

Wednesday 25 January and after residents caught up with the newspapers, games of dominoes were played around the home in the morning. Many of us remember playing this game with our children and even grandchildren, so it always brings back lots of happy memories.

In the afternoon we had a special trolley visiting residents around the home with haggis, neeps and tatties. It’s a traditional way of celebrating Burns Night and gave us all a chance to try some haggis.

Thursday 26 January and in the morning we enjoyed walks in the garden a chance to see the snowdrops and primroses blooming in the cold weather. A reminder that spring is on its way. Residents also painted and coloured pictures of Scottie dogs whilst we had Scottish music playing along.

Flowers were arranged around the home in the afternoon. The colours and scents getting everyone chatting and reminiscing of what we grew in our gardens, or bouquets we had received over the years.

After the flower arranging some residents played dominoes, this is another great way to socialise and keep our minds active.

Friday 27 January and we enjoyed a foot spa morning. This is a very relaxing activity and a nice way to be pampered.

In the afternoon, to continue with our Scottish theme a tasting trolley visited all the floors and we enjoyed some delicious homemade shortbread and a glass of whisky to go with it.

Saturday 28 January and we relaxed with Scottish word games, garden walks and hand massages in the morning.

In the afternoon residents enjoyed an afternoon tea on all floors of the home. Everyone enjoys a cup of tea or coffee and a cake, a nice way to end the day.

Sunday 29 January and we had a very relaxing day. Residents started the day by watching the local church service on YouTube, then enjoyed either walks in the garden, balloon games or socialising together with games of dominoes. It really is a lovely way to end the week.