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

Remembrance Sunday

Dovedale Court commemorated Remembrance Sunday and joined the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11am.

As well as marking Remembrance Day by wearing poppies and watching the televised service, some residents created their own poppy display through their arts and crafts session.

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Residents enjoying new life enrichment opportunities

The fun and laughter has continued at Dovedale Court care home, in Preston as residents recently enjoyed joining in with arts & crafts, salt dough creating, a virtual dog show, taking part in quizzes and group games, baking and recently celebrated Halloween with lots of games and fun.

Residents at Dovedale Court have enjoyed our engaging activities programmes consisting of armchair exercises with balls and a parachute, virtual trips to the zoo, video calls with loved ones and mystery senses box using their senses to guess what is hidden in the box arranged by the homes’ activities team for residents within the home and local community groups.

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Bewitching tricks and spooky treats

Barchester’s Dovedale care home, in Preston was a den of ghoulish activity as the home’s spooky Halloween party got in to full swing.

Staff, residents and guests got in to the spirit of things with music and games including ‘trick or treat poke a pumpkin’ and a Halloween themed quiz before everyone sat back to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of home-made cake.

General Manager, Rachael Watson cackled: “Our residents and staff love an opportunity to dress up and what better time of the year to do this than Halloween? We’ve had a whole range of tricks and treats for the people that live here and we have all really enjoyed every moment of it!”

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Residents enjoy Harvest fun

Residents at Dovedale have been very busy creating their Harvest Festival basket filled with lots of fruit and veg, all made from salt dough and hand painted.   The residents had lots of fun bringing their design to life over the last week and are really happy with the end result which has been submitted to Barchester’s Harvest competition.

Whilst thinking of their design, they reminisced about previous experiences of harvest festivals and what they remembered most and everyone shared ideas for their fruit and veg.

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Making life smooth-ie

Smoothie making was enjoyed by everyone, residents had fun creating their own smoothies.   We held a competition for the best flavour.  Residents voted for their favourite blend of fruits and the winner was.......Raspberry, Mango and banana with a hint of mint and a splash of whole milk!

Throughout the week Residents enjoyed various activities including painting, smoothie making & tasting, baking flapjacks and chair based exercise with ball & parachute.

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Baking club

Residents from Dovedale Court enjoyed an afternoon of baking, which took them back to their younger years.  Baking sessions are a popular group activity for the home and the activity had taste buds tingling as the aroma of freshly baked jam and coconut buns wafted through the home.

The homes activities coordinator, said: “The residents enjoy spending time in the kitchen, as it not only brings back memories of their childhood, but also times when they’ve baked with their own children and grandchildren. Once all the bakes were made, we all enjoyed sitting down with a cup of tea and a home-made cake.”

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Upcoming events

Countdown to Christmas

Keeping our residents  engaged, connected and socially active through the festive period as we count down to Christmas here at Dovedale Court.

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.