Providing meaningful activities for our elderly residents
Our residents’ ongoing health and wellbeing is extremely important to us and we recognise that keeping active, both mentally and physically, whilst maintaining a sense of purpose and meaning are key to individuals’ happiness, contentment and joy.
In partnership with our residents and those closest to them, our dedicated lifestyle team develops a varied programme of meaningful activities, events and celebrations which are personalised to individuals’ likes, dislikes, abilities and care needs as well as aspirations and dreams for the future.
Our whole team supports our residents to rekindle interests and hobbies, whilst also gently encouraging them to try new things they might enjoy, either as part of a group of friends, on a 1-2-1 basis and in their own room, if they prefer.
Maintaining an active body and mind
Regular opportunities to exercise bring fun and laughter, whilst giving everyone the opportunity to stay as active as they’re personally able to. For some, that may be through seated exercises from the comfort of their own chair and movement to music classes whilst, for others, it’s boxercise with our trainer, Curtis.
To keep our minds active, we host regular reminiscence sessions and enjoy many puzzles and games. Arts and crafts are also a popular past-time, painting, making cards, décolletage – anything to get our creative juices flowing.
Also, key to supporting health and wellbeing are our horticultural-themed activities in our care home, where the green-fingered amongst us tend to our beautiful gardens in the great outdoors, enjoy pottering in the greenhouse, or doing a spot of flower arranging.
Food for the soul
For those of us who relish the quiet times, we have a variety of cosy corners and comfy quiet areas to sit and watch the world go by, read the paper or work on a needlework project. Our hair and beauty salon is enjoyed by many looking for some ‘me time’ and a pamper.
Overlooking the courtyard garden, and with direct access outside, our dining room is often a centre of activity as residents and their families sit and enjoy each other’s company, chatting over a freshly made coffee, and a selection of homemade sandwiches and sweet treats – all lovingly handmade and baked by our talented in-house catering team.
A life full of meaning and purpose
Our residents’ are amazing and their talents never cease to amaze us!
Alongside our organised activities, we also provide a variety of opportunities to bring meaning to people’s lives, whilst nurturing their existing talents and experience and learning from others along the way.
Whether it’s a resident with a particular flair for art, baking, dancing, music, homemaking or DIY, we all enjoy learning from each other and sharing our knowledge.
At the heart of our local community
We recognise, for many of our residents, remaining an active and valued part of their local community is very important to them so we regularly invite groups and entertainers into the home to spend time with us.
Visitors are also welcome to come and take part in celebrations, open days and themed events as well as a variety of activities such as enjoying movies and popcorn in our cinema lounge to enjoying live music and dancing in the company of our regular entertainers.
Our intergenerational stay and play sessions with local parents and their young children has been a huge hit with everyone. Our own Little Bees group visit throughout the year for fun and laughter creating a wonderful atmosphere, bringing smiles and a chance for our residents to spend time with little ones again and reawaken cherished memories of raising their own children.
Getting out and about into the community, as well as further afield, is also a highlight of ours as we take in trips to a variety of attractions such as garden centres, museums, pubs for lunch and trips further afield, such as Southend Pier, in our minibus.