Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alison Rowlatt
I started working at Cepen Lodge in 2010 as a Care Assistant but moved onto activities when the opportunity arose. I have recently been promoted to Activities Coordinator which I am very excited about.
I find it a very rewarding job and we have lots of fun with the residents as they enjoy taking part in the activities that we organise such as armchair exercises, bingo and musical entertainment.
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Life at Cepen Lodge Care Home
Spring sunshine in the garden!
The start of March has brought sunny days and residents have wrapped up warmly to enjoy a walking or a seat in the garden to admire the daffodils and brightly coloured Heather still in bloom. We are looking forward to the real summer sunshine in the months to come
A whole new world of magic for residents at Cepen Lodge
Cepen Lodge 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.
The benefits of the Magic Table 360 has shown to improve mood and behaviours especially across the mid-to-late stages of dementia, greater physical, social and cognitive activity, reduction in withdrawn-like symptoms, weight gain and positive impacts on relationships with care staff, friends and family.
Catwalk event at Cepen Lodge!
Fashion week came to Cepen Lodge with our very own catwalk of colours this week! Residents and staff embraced the opportunity to dress up for the occasion and great fun showing off in their favourite outfits. An extra special thank you to the night staff at for their brilliant balloon display prepared for the event.
Shrove Tuesday Supper!
Our residents love pancake day so we always have lots of fun! Its all about having your favourite so no surprise toppings requested included lemon and sugar, chocolate, fresh strawberries and cream. We were a little taken aback by one resident requesting GRAVY however the chef was happy to oblige
Chinese New Year Celebrations!
Residents really enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year with 2021 being the year of the Ox. We especially liked learning which Chinese zodiac animal sign there are and the Chinese food was a big hit, really impressed with the residents who got into the spirit of the day with their Chopsticks!
We also made some lovely Chinese Dragon pictures. Lucky red envelopes were given out to staff and residents so hopefully it will bring everyone at Cepen Lodge lots of good fortune and happiness in 2021 and beyond
We are raising money for the Rise Trust to buy books for their children and gift on National Book giving Day in March so we decided to have a Valentine's raffle for the staff with lots of lovely prizes to be won.
BIG thank you to Morrisons for donating to our raffle prizes, we really appreciate your support for this worthy local charity. Here's to lots of money being raised!