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.
Activities are scheduled to suit each resident’s specific needs or requests, meaning we have a large variety of in-home events to suit all stages or abilities. This ranges from bingo, choir, arts and crafts to knitting, baking, movies and quizzes. Visits from our favourite entertainers are also highly popular, with residents and team members alike joining in with our much-loved sing-a-longs!
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 tending to our beautiful gardens in the great outdoors 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 knitting or needlework project. Our hair and beauty salon is enjoyed by many looking for some ‘me time’ and a pamper.
Our bistro is a centre of activity as residents and their families and friends sit and enjoy each other’s company, chatting over a tea or coffee and a selection of homemade sandwiches, rolls and delicious cakes 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 in our cinema – complete with popcorn and pet therapy visits from our favourite furry friends.
Community partnerships are also important to us. That’s why we take residents on regular outings to Mane Chance Sanctuary, who are our charity of the year, where residents have close contact with all the animals and views of the beautiful Surrey landscape. In colder weather, we arrange for the animals to visit us at our home where we’ve been known to take part in a game of Horsey-Bingo! We also have connections with the local Shakespeare Company which brings school children to work alongside our residents in rehearsing a play over a 10-week period.
Our intergenerational stay and play sessions with local parents and their young children has been a huge hit with everyone. Our own Little Lambs group visit regularly 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 in our minibus to a variety of attractions such as garden centres, pubs for lunch and places of interest in our minibus.