All of our 14 homes have a dedicated Activities Coordinator. The teams plan each and every day based on the lifestyle preferences and abilities of the residents. With a hugely diverse mix of activities on offer, there's always something for everyone.
Activities, social events and entertainment, aren't just confined to inside our homes, with regular day trips exploring all that our great region has to offer, including visits to the theatre, exhibitions, local community events and places of interest. All of which offers both fun and experiential moments, that bring a real social feeling to our residents and their families, who we actively encourage to get involved.
Our activities are an extremely important part of daily life in our homes, which is reflected in our ongoing commitment to invest heavily in both time and resources across our activity programmes.
As a whole, we invest over £350,000 a year into our activity programmes. Our dedicated Activities Coordinators also support residents to continue hobbies and pastimes and explore new experiences. Working closely with residents and the wider care team, our Activities Coordinators work to discuss and plan to meet individual goals and aspirations. They'll also actively encourage family members, loved ones and the wider local community to get involved.
"The activities here are wonderful, and it's all included in our stay. As well as the normal activities, I do feel that I have freedom too, which is really important to me . The Activities Co-Ordinator always take the time to listen to each of our needs, and if there's something I really want to do, they'll always try and make it happen. I'm always willing to try out new activities, and with so much going on, I'm in the right place for that.”
Norma Robinson - Resident at Whorlton Grange
"Coming in every day, and seeing first-hand just how much enjoyment the residents get from our activities, is really heart-warming. Having the freedom to plan the activities around what the residents respond to is really helpful too. When trialling new activities, especially those that embrace new technology or methods, such as virtual reality and sensory projections, it's amazing to see the residents engaging and responding with such enthusiasm. I love my job and just like the residents, the activities offer me something different every day."
Christy Gray - Activities Coordinator from Whorlton Grange
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We offer our residents a real mix of traditional and cutting edge activitiesFOR THE MORE TRADITIONAL
Once the day has started in our homes, the daily activities on offer will be in full swing. Some of our more traditional activitiees include the following:
• Manicures and pedicures
• Flower arranging
• Pub quizzes
• Live entertainment
• Hobby groups
• Cinema Nights
• Summer Fayres
• Dominoes and Board Games
• Arts and Crafts
• Tea Dances
FOR THE MORE CUTTING EDGE
A proportion of the time we invest into our activities program, is spent on research and development. Working with cutting edge companies and organisations, we're always looking to embrace new ideas, technology and science. This approach helps us develop activities that embrace new technology and routes into creative and sensory stimulation.
• Magic Table by Tovertafel:
The award winning, dynamic activity is based around interactive light projections onto a table, allowing our residents to get fully involved in a variety of different games and activities, which stimulates physical and cognitive activity, and encourages social interaction.
• Animal Therapy:
Visits from a variety of different animals, is scientifically proven to radically improve residents moods, feelings of wellbeing and self worth.
• Virtual Reality:
Interactive activity sessions, where virtual reality is used to deliver reminiscence-based, person centred experiences to our residents.
• Sensory workshops:
Working in partnership with local nursery and primary schools, as part of our partnership with Sensory Connexions. The interaction between children and residents has also been scientifically proven to enhance a multitude of emotional and cross generational wellbeing.
• Wellbeing and fitness classes:
Including Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba classes.
• Person centred activities:
Day trips or group activities, centred around our residents goals and wishes.
ALWAYS OPEN TO NEW IDEAS
We also adopt an open house approach to our activities. Which means that residents, their loved ones and staff, can all offer suggestions and ideas for possible activities. We're open to all new ideas and have a track record for implementing the best ones, no matter where the idea came from.
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