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 Dovedale Court Care Home

Residents enjoy sensory lounge

Residents enjoy doll therapy at Dovedale and have been spending some quality time with their therapy dolls who resemble newborn babies. The home have created a sensory lounge for residents to enjoy with the therapy dolls, rummage boxes and the homes Magic Table 360. 

Rachael Watson, General Manager said: “The dolls are greatly loves by all of the residents and give a nice sense of belonging and peacefulness in the home and it is great so see our residents interacting with them”

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Residents enjoy virtual concert

Residents put on their blue suede shoes to enjoy a virtual performance streamed by the King himself, Elvis.  Residents enjoyed watching the concert which saw them toe-tapping along too and fondly shared memories of their favourite hits by this legendary artist, which films they enjoyed watching and are looking forward to their next virtually streamed musical event.

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Valentine's Day

Residents and staff at Dovedale Court have been busy sharing the love for Valentine’s day by creating personalised cards to send to their loved ones along with making heart shaped decorations to display throughout the home.  Residents enjoy the craft session and shared stories of their most romantic gestures received, loves lost and cherished.

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A touch of Magic at Dovedale

Dovedale Court Care Home in Preston 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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Creative crafts

Residents from Dovedale often get together to enjoy their regular art and craft sessions which supports their creative ideas and encourages different methods of Art. Residents have been busy showing their own style of colourful designs this week with card making.

Residents enjoy the colouring and crafting as find it very calming and therapeutic. It enhances mindfulness and promotes a positive mental well-being.  

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Residents enjoy a little pamper

The ladies at Dovedale recently enjoyed a beauty day at the home courtesy of the staff from the home swapping roles for the day to treat residents to hair and beauty treatments.   Honouring the women residents at the home, colleagues supported with a range of beauty kits in the salon to pamper and beautify. The hospitality team at the home also served a spread of teas and cakes for all to enjoy to the delight of all!

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