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
St Andrew's Day
We made a lovely flock of Scottish sheep on St Andrew's Day. Tesidents really loved making them and everyone thought they were very cute, and we have made a lovely display of them. We also had some Scottish music playing and chatted about Scotland and where we had visited and different parts of Scotland we would like to visit; and the Scottish residents were telling us what it was like to grow up in Scotland.
Christmas Jumper Day
Every year, Cepen Lodge supports Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. We can’t wait to put our Christmas jumpers on and raise some money for a good cause. We decided to have a fun competition this year and see how many Christmas jumpers a resident or carer could put on in 1 minute. It caused a lot of laughter and it was one of the carers who won with 7 jumpers!
This event was a big success and plans are already being made for next year already. Residents really enjoyed it and te mesmerised by our costumes. We are planning on setting up our own drama group in the New Year for residents and staff to come along and have some fun.
Residents really enjoyed a games afternoons. We played a variety of games, including dominoes, Snakes & Ladders and Ludo. Dominoes was really popular; there was a lot of chatting and competitiveness and was enjoyed by all, with a tipple of choice on the side.
Residents enjoyed it so much that they would like to board play games more often, and next time it is going to be Monopoly!
For Remembrance Day, we decided we would make a lovely display of poppies that the residents made. We also asked the local community if they would like to make any poppies for our display; a very kind member of the community made some lovely fabric poppies, which looked amazing.
Here at Cepen Lodge, we decided to celebrate Halloween. We played Halloween-themed bingo with lots of lovely prizes and had a Halloween high tea with delicious cakes and, of course, a cup of tea.
The staff dressed up in a variety of fun Halloween outfits to make the residents and other staff smile. Lots of spooky fun was had by all!