We foster a real sense of fun and inclusion and encourage everyone to get involved in life at the home. Working with our Residents every day, our Wellbeing Co-Ordinator comes to understand their wants and needs, and creates a holistic weekly plan to nurture mind, body and soul and promote physical, cognitive, emotional, sensory and social wellbeing.
During the coronavirus pandemic we've had to adapt the way that we promote hobbies, social gatherings and community links for our Residents so that they can still lead active and fulfilling lives. We've continued with the much-loved, and sometimes chaotic bingo hour, but beyond that our Residents have enjoyed participating in gentle classes such as yoga and chair exercises, gardening, baking, flower-arranging, painting, writing, reading, poetry writing, social media and any number of musical activities.
Due to us having to restrict visits from outside entertainers, hairdressers and beauticians, our teams have focussed a lot of time helping Residents keep up with their hair and beauty routines which are so important to their esteem.
Simple pleasures are activities too, such as a morning stroll around the garden, the spark of conversation, getting dressed, reading the daily paper or feeding the birds, even if they’re not on the calendar.
Technology is starting to play an increasing role in our care homes. We’ve introduced Wi-Fi across all homes enabling our Residents to keep in touch with friends and loved ones and up-to-date with current affairs, able to engage in virtual religious services, a trip down memory lane through virtual tours of their favourite places their favourite TV shows, and of course, buy any personal items that they need online if they wish.
Sometimes however, the most important moments are the times of quiet reflection spent alone. We want these to be as joyful as any other.