Meet our Activities Coordinator, Katie Nicolson

Hi my name is Katie and I am the activity assistant. I started in this role in August 2021 and have been loving it so far.

I have worked in care my entire working life, with most of my family working in some sort of care role. I studies Psychology and sociology at Queen Margaret University and have just been awarded my Degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology.

During university I had to jump around a lot workwise while studying but with this I feel I picked up experience from many different people from all walks of life. I am really looking forward to permanent work place and to be part of a team and I can’t wait to develop my skills and see what we can accomplish for our residence.

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.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Drummond Grange Care Home

Jubilee celebrations

Residents had a great time celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee at Drummond Grange – the highlight of the weekend was the Garden Party on Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining and residents alongside family and friends enjoyed the buffet chef Chris had prepared for them. Our normal feel good Friday was a special Commonwealth edition with performances from Sir Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Kylie Minogue and lots more – both staff and residents loved performing and voting for their favourite acts with our very own Kylie (Carer Rosie) being crowned the winner.

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Summer Fete

On Saturday 25th June we held our annual summer fete, this was the first one for the new activity team and since covid. The event was a massive success with a brilliant turn out from residents, friends, family and staff members. The children loved playing all the carnival style games out the front and taking a shot on the tombola to try and win a prize. Residents enjoyed watching 2 local dance and singing groups perform. Our kitchen staff put on a wonderful BBQ for everyone to enjoy in the sunshine. We raised £671 to put towards the resident fund and we will have discussion with them to see what they would like to spend the money on. The activity team can’t wait to do another event similar to bring fun and laughter into the home.

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Virtual sing-a-long!

Our homes had a fantastic time with vocal coach Mark De-Lisser as he led an amazing virtual singing session for our residents to enjoy.

Our residents were able to learn different techniques as they sang the famous ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees.

There were smiles and laugher all around. The session was such a success and was great for the mind, body and soul.

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National Trust talk

Our homes had a fantastic time joining National Trust Talks Service team at Cliveden House for an inspirational talk on Nancy Astor – the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons.

Our residents had the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating life of Nancy and her political career. As the first women MP, she experienced both attention and scandal throughout her life, which led to many triumphs and numerous disasters.  The talk was truly enjoyed by all.

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Celebrating carers week

Happy Carers Week! We would like to take this great opportunity to recognise and thank our wonderful carers here at the home.

We are proud of each and every one of our care team for the outstanding care that they provide to our residents every single day. They always go above and beyond their role and for this we are truly grateful.

 

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Floral decorations with Ferndown

Our homes had a lovely time joining Sue and Nicole from Ferndown Florist for an intriguing flower arrangement workshop in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Our residents enjoyed a wonderful virtual demonstration and got inspired to create their own flower posies for our Jubilee displays.  Our home will be specially decorated for the upcoming festivities. Stay tuned.

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Upcoming events

July 2022

Residents are looking forward to a fun-filled month ahead!