Meet our Activities Coordinator, Shaun Adamson

I have worked in the home since 2004. I was a Carer before I decided to be an Activities Coordinator. I enjoy doing what I do as I love spending time with the residents and their Families. I like to plan events for the home and like to participate as much as I can.

I have lived in Dunfermline all my life and enjoy walking, cycling and going to different places with my daughter.

Activities at Canmore Lodge

Our Activities Coordinators are committed to organising a variety of events as well as offering tailored programmes to stimulate residents both mentally and physically. There are regular outings in the minibus to local places of interest, such as trips to the beach for ice cream, pub visits for a pint, and regular trips to Dobbies for tea and cakes. Georgie Girl, an old English sheep dog, also stops by the home on regular basis for pet therapy. Musical entertainment is a big hit with residents as well, so we book fan favourites to come and play at the home each month. At Canmore, relatives are always encouraged to join in on the fun too.

Life at Canmore Lodge Care Home

Mother's Day Joy

Residents at Barchester Healthcare’s Canmore Lodge care home, in Dunfermline, celebrated Mother’s Day with a welcome return to indoor visiting. The home was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers for the occasion.

For residents at Canmore Lodge care home the long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality, as two named visitors are separately  now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom, just in time for Mother’s Day.

There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike.  Guidance was issued by the Government on March 4 and Barchester Healthcare, who run Canmore Lodge care home, is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach to visiting. Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit, with hand holding allowed but not recommended.

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Emotional reunions

It's been a memorable day for everyone at Canmore Care Home, as we are now able to welcome indoor designated visitors into the home, with Public Health guidelines and PPE protocols still in place. We have captured these emotional reunions, where everyone was overjoyed of happiness. It was a wonderful moment, accompanied with smiles and laughter.

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Residents enjoy jolly trolley

Residents have enjoyed choosing their old favourites from the sweet shop brought to them by our very own Jolly Trolley.

The Jolly Trolley provides our residents with stimulation and is interactive. It incorporates sensory lights and vision that brings the benifits of music, song, reminiscence and fun. It is fully portable which allows activities to be carried out anywhere in the home.

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Home receive 2nd vaccine

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Canmore Lodge care home are delighted to have received both doses of their Covid-19 vaccinations at the home after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

Senior General Manager, Jane Aitken said: “We’ve all been through such a difficult time and this feels like such a big step on the way to getting back to some normality. I am so proud of the team and how they have worked together and continue to do so and we are all so grateful to be prioritised to receive the vaccine first.  Now that we’ve had both doses, we can start to work towards getting life in the home back to a new normal, but we know there is a lot of work to do in order to get there.”

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Long Service recognised

We are delighted as Cara Wall, Staff Nurse, has received a prestigious 15 year service award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 15 years. Cara started at Canmore Lodge in 2006 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.

Jane Aitken, Senior General Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating 15 years of loyal service with Cara. She has demonstrated her dedication and loyalty to this home and its residents year after year. I speak for all of us here at Canmore Lodge when I say that I’m looking forward to many more years of working with Cara!”

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A whole new world of magic

Canmore Lodge Care Home in Fife has recently brought a bit of magic to residents by providing a new ‘Magic Table 360 and the Happiness Programme’ as a way to improve residents’ quality of life.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Magic Table 360 uses interactive games to connect residents with staff and with each other, and research shows it improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Using interactive light projections, the Magic Table 360, which can be played independently or in a group, stimulates movement by inviting participants to take part in all sorts of different fun activities such as popping bubbles, playing the piano, colouring in pictures, sweeping leaves or interacting playfully with fish. Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allow people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.

The Magic Table 360 is portable so it can be used wherever residents feel most comfortable, it can be projected onto the floor, ceiling, walls, a whiteboard or even the bed. The Happiness Programme allows for a range of games that change seasonally and have country-specific versions covering 14 different categories, so there will always be something new for residents to try.

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