Activities help maintain independence and generate a sense of fulfilment.
Coming to live in one of our homes doesn’t mean you have to stop doing all the things you’ve enjoyed in the past.
Being able to keep up existing hobbies and interests is a great way of maintaining your independence. We also believe in giving people the opportunity to try new things - it gives a great sense of achievement and often fulfils long held ambitions to just "give it a go".
Each of our homes has its own Activity Co-ordinator, who is in charge of arranging a varied programme of activities for our residents. This can range from gardening, to arts and crafts, painting or, for the more adventurous, swimming, ice skating and even trampolining – the options are endless! Of course, quieter occupations such as knitting, reading, doing a jigsaw or just watching a film on TV are also on offer.
The Activity Co-ordinator will always talk to residents to find out what they want to do and we will always work on the basis of what people CAN do, rather than what they can’t. Every activity and event is properly risk assessed, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!
Within our dementia care service, we have found that meaningful activity is very beneficial. By using people’s life histories, we can tailor activities to suit individuals and the benefits of this have been enormous. In the same way, the themed areas and “destination zones” in many of our homes have given our residents – and their visitors – a whole new dimension to their lives, encouraging greater independence, contentment and social interaction.
For those who are able, outings and trips are also part of the programme, and we organise larger events, like tea dances, garden shows, harvest festivals and carol services, to bring together residents from several homes to enjoy community activities.
Our magazine, “Trust in Care”, features some of our activities so do take a look on this site, or pick up a copy in one of our homes. Feel free too, to talk to us about what we can offer. And don’t hesitate to suggest something new – we’re always open to new ideas!