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.
Kenny, Margaret and Nasreen
Welcome to our activity team here at Canmore Lodge- Kenny, Margaret and Nasreen bring with them loads of different strengths to compliment our activities for our residents wellbeing here at Canmore Lodge
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Canmore Lodge Care Home
Historic Royal Palaces
Across our services, our residents were treated to a special virtual sensory storytelling session. Together with Art Historian Jon Sleigh and the Historic Royal Palaces community team, we explored several royal palaces through the theme of food, dining and celebration!
We enjoyed a fantastic taste-a-long experience from the comfort of our home, from Tudor treats to Stuart sweets. A lovely time was had by all.
Virtual Book Club
Across our services we had a lovely time joining Mark Piesing for an exciting virtual event to discuss his book ‘N-4 Down: The Hunt for The Arctic Airship Italia’.
Our residents were thrilled to find out more about the book and the fascinating story of the world-famous exploring airship Italia, returning from the North Pole on May 24, 1928. The airship was struck by a terrible storm and crashed somewhere over the Arctic ice, triggering the largest polar rescue mission in history.
The virtual book club experience was truly enjoyed by all.
We really enjoyed our Burns' celebrations which we started with a visit from Bernie who entertained us with some grand Scottish tunes, including some with the lyrics by our bard himself.
We followed this up with a quiz all about Scotland where the residents excelled - all except one question: "What's the name of Oor Wullie's pet moose?" This tricky wee rascal's name is Jeemie! Then we listened to a reading of "To a Mouse" and "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose".
The celebration continued with the haggis being piped in, and our activities coordinator Kenny providing the address. That was a super event, with Kenny giving a superb dramatic delivery!
After a delicious Scottish feast, with the haggis taking pride of place, we had a smashing visit from Dawn and her delightful Brownies. The girls taught us to play a game of Haggis Drive, which is like a Beetle Drive, but with our national animal instead! The girls were absolutely lovely and spread so much joy around.
A Generous Donation
Our residents and staff are extremely grateful to Domini Robertson and Debbie Blacklaw who visited us with the amazing donation of 12 iPads and cases for the residents' use. This wonderfully generous gesture is in memory of their beloved grandmother, Nora Hunter, who was a greatly loved member of our Canmore Lodge family too. This is a marvellous tribute to Nora who will always have a place in our hearts.
We had a marvellous Hogmanay with a great visit from accordionist Bernie Hewitt and his wife, Liz, who were joined by our resident Bob's wife, Marie.
Bernie played all our Scottish favourites which we sang along to, and we also joined in with the ladies' dancing - from a waltz to traditional country steps. Bernie wasn't going to just have himself and the dancers do all the work - he got us all involved with a really fun competition guessing the nursery rhymes he played. We rounded off our lovely morning by all singing "Auld Lang's Syne".
Hogmanay evening was fun filled with Scottish songs, shortie, black bun and a few wee drams!
Virtual event with Royal Parks
Across our services our residents have enjoyed a wonderful live virtual talk about starlings, one of the UK’s most gregarious birds, hosted by Rachel Dowse from The Royal Parks London.
Rachel examined our long history with this bird and the importance of common species to our lives. Our residents had the opportunity to find out more about the great murmuration and why we need to pay special attention to these beauties before it's too late.
The virtual experience was truly enjoyed by all.