March 13, 2012
-- Our attention is often turned to our older loved ones who, perhaps more than any other generation, see the positive effects in watching Spring sprout into life. They are living out their golden years and can take the time to appreciate the creation and enjoyment that the renewal season can bring. At the professional care facility - Brídhaven in Mallow, spring will be bringing many occasions of enjoyment with the implementation of an activities programme that will allow residents to look into the future with renewed confidence.
For instance, the residents will welcome musician Willie Kearney and Outreach music entertainment group on the 8th of March for an interactive show that includes music and drama, while racing fans at Brídhaven can enjoy several afternoons of racing from the comfort of their couches throughout the Cheltenham Festival – ensuring that no one misses a moment of this famous event. On the 16th March The Butterfly Company return with a new production called ‘Spirit’ – a celebration of rich Gaelic heritage through Irish song and dance. St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated and thoroughly ‘greened’ to embrace our Irishness, while Mother’s Day will be a very special one to be enjoyed by the residents and their families. The odd card game is always a great favorite with the residents, with families and friends invited in to participate and sweep the boards on occasion!
Owner of the award-winning Brídhaven, Paul Rochford, told us: ‘People enter nursing homes for various reasons, and many consider it a new lease of life as they find stimulus in the company of like-minded individuals. As they move into the next phase of their lives, homeliness and inclusiveness are important to them and the activities program is a crucial part of the older person’s enjoyment of life. We make it our business to know what our residents like, and it is a joy to experience the laughter, joy and tears that relevant activities can stir within a person, reminding them of their youth, encouraging their talents, and helping them to live each day to the full’.
Several professional and volunteer groups visit Brídhaven on a regular basis and the dedicated activity coordinators team - Trish O’ Sullivan, Mary Rea and Joan Kinsella - would welcome your ideas on ways to entertain and involve their residents at the 134-bed facility. firstname.lastname@example.org;