Summer fun carries on

Faced with the ongoing Covid situation the residents at the Chiswick Nursing Centre had to postpone their annual garden fête this year. However, everyone had a marvellous Summer-themed event where they shared good company, and sunshine focused music in small groups to minimise the risk.

Residents, staff and relatives enjoyed a Summer banquet, which was topped off with jugs of Pimms, and a special Pimms flavoured strawberry gateaux, created by Head Chef, John Wealleans.

Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and although each event was smaller in numbers, there was still room for dancing, laughter and plenty of good food to eat.

Our activities team continue to organise small scale events that provide good opportunities for socialisation at a time when care still has to be taken. The important thing is to ensure that social isolation is minimised and that everyone has a chance to live, laugh, and enjoy!


We can have our cake and eat it

We don’t usually need an excuse for a cup of tea and a slice of cake but, just in case, did you know that 9-15 August is Afternoon Tea Week which celebrates the tradition of taking afternoon tea?

Of course, we are all aware that too much sugar and fat in our diet is bad for our health but the occasional treat will do us no harm. Indeed the enjoyment that comes from sharing tea, cake, conversation and laughs with our friends, colleagues and relatives can be positively beneficial to our mental health.

We can also enjoy healthier options that are lower in fats and sugars but still taste delicious. Our in-house chef, John Weallens, regularly serves up such delights for the Chiswick residents and Afternoon Tea Week will be no exception. Here John shares one of his favourite recipes for Carraway Cake.

Caraway cake

  • Butter for greasing
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt to taste
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml milk

Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour the bottom and sides of a 20cm sandwich tin with butter.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder.

Cream 125g butter and sugar together. Mix in caraway seeds and egg. Add flour mixture and milk, beating well. Pour batter into prepared tin.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool.

When It Is Good To Be Puzzled

Much has been written about the benefits of keeping the brain cells active as we get older. Doing a puzzle – of whatever sort – is one way to achieve this.

At the Chiswick, we keep a stock of jigsaw puzzles that are always popular with our residents.

We use super-sized pieces that are easier to handle for those with painful or stiffer joints. The very action of picking up pieces and putting them into place is great exercise for the hands and fingers. Plus an easy, wipe-clean finish promotes good hygiene and deals with any inadvertent spills.

We always set aside time for people to ‘have a go’ and we regularly observe and enjoy that sense of satisfaction as someone slots in that last piece to complete the puzzle.

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