Celebrating 25 years Caring for the Elderly
Celebrities and wider community were out in force to celebrate Nursing Home week and 25 years of caring for the elderly.
Very special guests to visit included Dickie Rock, Tracey Piggott and Ruby Walsh. RTE presenter Tracey Piggott and jockey Ruby Walsh opened the celebrations with the unveiling of the new memorial garden, our new Chicken Coop “Chicks Haven” and Charlie’s garden. The memorial garden is designed to be a place of reflection to remember friends who have passed, and Charlie’s Garden was opened to commemorate all the hard work and dedication our resident and gardening enthusiast Charlie put in to keeping our gardens and flower beds flourishing in winter and summer.
The legendary Dickie Rock attended our Summer Garden Party. Dickie chatted with all the residents and serenaded a number of his adoring fans. The celebrations continued as the Ice Cream Van pulled in and served 99’s to all the residents and friends.
There was fantastic interaction with the local community. Local children visited the residents to demonstrate how IT can make the world more accessible to the resident. The concept of backing a horse online was of particular interest to male residents!
Kildare Clane Beavers and Scouts Club accompanied by their mascot Odie, provided an afternoon of fun with 6-7 year old Beavers assembling a tent in the garden whilst their older club members toasted marshmallows around the campfire. Loom bands were made and presented to residents before a chorus of camping songs were sung by the Beavers.
Naas GAA club under 14 footballers demonstrated GAA skills and played a 7 aside to the delight of the residents. The excitement and rivalry amongst the residents when their team scored was similar to Croke Park on All Ireland Final Day!
Other celebratory activities included Salsa dancing, balloon shaping, ladies hair and make up day, reflexology and Indian Head massage demonstration, gardening demonstration on growing herbs, a carpentry demonstration, live music and karaoke.