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Extended Care, Anna Gaynor House, Harold’s Cross

Extended Care, Anna Gaynor House, Harold’s Cross

Extended Care, Anna Gaynor House, Harold’s Cross

Our care isn’t just about medical care. It’s social, cultural and spiritual too.

Anna Gaynor House is a purpose-built eighty-nine bedded residential unit providing a safe and comfortable living environment to those with high dependencies who require 24-hour nursing care.

All residents benefit from working with a multidisciplinary team, regular exercise classes and multisensory work such as music and art therapy etc.

Activities and the Magic Table in Anna Gaynor House

Our dedicated activities team continue to come up with meaningful opportunities to keep our residents’ spirits up. They facilitate activities for groups and individuals and if a resident is unable to join in group activities, they bring the activity to them.

The team provide companionship and social stimulation to help enrich their quality of life. Most residents enjoy music, singing and poetry. Other fun activities included quizzes, themed arts and crafts, seated games and chair exercises.

Our Activity Coordinator Dolly says: “I find that most residents love music and singing. The top four songs are Raglan Road, Danny Boy, One Day at a Time and Que Sera Sera. Seamus Heaney is a favourite poet of most of our residents.”

The Tovertafel ‘Magic Table’ game uses interactive lights on a table to stimulate residents senses and makes ‘playing’ more accessible for people with dementia, for example. It also encourages movement, stimulating resident’s sense of focus and helps promote social interaction.

Celebrating Bealtaine 

Anna Gaynor House took part in ‘Bealtaine’ this year to celebrate Arts & Creativity as we age.

The theme chosen was ‘Preserving Positivity with Music, Arts & Craft’ and each of the wards got involved adhering to all infection prevention control guidelines.

Our residents enjoyed participating in painting sessions, wool art activities and the We Will Meet Again project which consisted of creating colourful hand moulds with one resident chosen to represent each ward.

Flower Arranging was also a big hit with our residents. They loved the sensory element of this activity, the smell and touch of the flowers and it transformed the sessions into some pleasant reminiscing.

The culmination of the festival was an Art Exhibition with the art pieces and arrangements of flowers in Anna Gaynor House. The exhibition was thoroughly enjoyed by our residents, visitors and staff.

We organised a Tea Party on each of the units. The tables were laid with vintage china tea cups, saucers and sets adding a touch of glamour.  Delightful sandwiches and lovely sumptuous cakes were prepared and enjoyed by all. There was music, group singing and dancing and residents, accompanied by Dolly on her new guitar, sang their own renditions of their favourite songs. It was a lovely atmosphere enjoyed by all!!! Thank you to all the staff who supported this lovely event.

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