Counting down to Christmas Day across our homes

As the countdown to Christmas continues, Exemplar Health Care are working hard to make Christmas special for everyone who lives in our homes.

From our service user designed Christmas cards, to homemade decorations, to people hosting their own family dinners – our Exemplar homes have committed to making 2018’s Christmas the best yet.

Making Sheffield home Willowbeck’s Christmas extra special is Willowbeck catering manager, Claire Fretwell who has been working hard with her team to develop pureed food techniques to provide plates of pureed meals that look like the whole foods.

Claire has used moulds, piping bags and blenders to display the food so that it looks like a traditional Christmas dinner, mince pies, traditional cake, and cheese and crackers. Claire and her team have been working hard since the summer to perfect the creations so that they look as realistic as possible.

Claire said: “Christmas can be the best time of year, but it can also be difficult for some of our residents. This might be because it’s the first year in a home setting or because it brings back memories.

“Food is usually at the heart of gatherings over the festive period and we understand that those in our care would enjoy and benefit from us transforming their meals into recognisable Christmas treats.”

She added: “We always try to make anything that’s requested, and we’ve included a few other dishes to our selection to make it even more special. The team are excited to see the faces of our residents when the food is served over the holiday period.”

Over at our Immingham home Havenmere, the care team are working together to present a panto-like nativity performance to impress their residents with. The performance will be made up of short scenes with lots of music and dancing to get everyone into the festive spirit.

As well as people enjoying the nativity, residents who live in Havenmere’s Bridgeway service are all coming together with the care team to make a big Christmas dinner.

Tracy, a nurse at Havenmere, said: “We want our service users to smell the meat cooking like you do at home. It’s going to be like a family Christmas, all eating together after we’ve all cooked it together.

“We’ll prepare the vegetables on Christmas eve and we’re cooking an enormous turkey. We’ll have the carols blaring out, so lunch might be late but we’ll enjoy it. It will have a real family feel.”

Quarryfields’ The Platform are hosting their own Christmas fayre on Friday 21 December, Lakeview are preparing for their first ever Christmas in their new home and all of our homes are getting involved in making their home’s look as festive as possible.