Meet our Activities Coordinator, Katie Kearsley
Katie started work at Dovedale in April 2016. She has a background in care and likes to help people get the most enjoyment out of life. She likes to learn about residents' passions and try her best to implement them some way into our activities programme within the home.
Activities at our home
We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.
Life at our home
Resident, Frank recently celebrated 90 years young with his wife, Freda who joined him on his special day. The home was decorated with birthday balloons, and the birthday boy was overjoyed to see favourite vocalist, Amanda Kelly who performed a special ‘Happy Birthday’ along with a medley of popular songs that saw everyone singing along too. It was a fun-filled day for everyone.
Residents Take Trip to Garden Centre
The Residents of Dovedale recently enjoyed a trip to local garden centre, Dobbies looking for ideas on where to get started with their festive decorations. They were amazed at the vast selection of colourful and gltizy decorations which left them ready to sit back and relax in the café to enjoy a delicious slice of cake and a cup of tea/coffee. The residents really enjoyed seeing and feeling the decorations using their senses.
Everyone had a great time, commenting: “It was lovely to have a change of scenery and we enjoyed talking about some fond memories of visiting this particular garden centre with our familes previously.”
General Manager, Racheal Watson said “It was lovely seeing the Residents doing something they would have done in their day to day lives at home. It was great to see them pottering around, looking at all of the plants available and discussing their gardens at home and to be getting into the festive spirit”
Harvest Festival Donations
Residents, loved ones, friends and staff members at Dovedale celebrated the Harvest Festival by donating a food hamper to the local Salvation Army. It really was heart-warming to see how much people care about helping others who are less fortunate.
Thanks to everyone who contributed; it will all be distributed to where it is needed most within our community.
Residents Party at Sutton Grange
Residents at Dovedale Court recently made the short journey to nearby home, Sutton Grange to join in with the homes 5th birthday celebrations. The day was amazing; and guests were treated to a special appearance by the Southport Rock Choir who performed a medley of popular tunes.
The fun-filled afternoon also included a ‘crufts’ style dog show which was a great success. Rachael Watson, General Manager said “The residents really enjoyed themselves and it was great to see. Our residents regularly get out and about and here’s to many more trips out into the community!”
World Museum in Liverpool
We visited the World Mused in Liverpool recently. We saw lots of historical features including an ancient Egypt gallery, they had an aquarium, planetarium, space and time gallery and also world cultures. We took a picnic and our resident’s really enjoyed the trip.
Staff and residents had a trip to Blackpool zoo recently. The activity was enjoyed by everyone, despite the rainy weather. There was a variety of animals in the zoo, from monkeys to zebras & giraffes. One of the residents also had some bread pinched from his hand by a seagull.