Activities at Dudwell St Mary
Our activity coordinator provides our home with a fun-packed weekly programme to engage all residents. Past activities include bread making, pottery, knitting, and card making. Not only do we run regular exercise programmes for the residents but we also have our regular entertainers come in to entertain our residents and their families. The activity coordinator visits residents on a one-to-one basis, for a chat, manicure and hand massage. The activity co-ordinator said "Residents love the one-to-ones and especially enjoy the manicure and hand massage, as not only is it stimulating but it boosts their confidence and pride in their appearance.''
Life at Dudwell St Mary Care Home
Residents Local Panto Performance
On Saturday 15th February the residents of Dudwell St Mary care home in Burwash were treated to a visit to the local village hall to see the panto, Beauty and the Beast. They all booed and cheered along with the audience and were delighted when some of the cast joined them for a photo opportunity, realising then that one of them was a member of staff from the home!
We enjoyed a visit from Zoolab, who brought some unusual animals in for the residents to see and hold. First we had a giant snail all the way from Madagascar, then we had a hissing cockroach, then a corn snake which most of the residents either held or touched. Then we had a tarantula to look at then finally a cute little rat to hold.
Everyone was very brave with most residents held most of the animals that were offered.
Dolly the Shetland Pony
We had Dolly the Shetland pony come into our home where she was warmly greeted by our residents, all wanting to stroke Dolly. We were able to take her round for room visits, once they got over the shock of having a pony in their room, everyone loved seeing her.
For Halloween, we did some pumpkin carving with residents. It got really messing whilst trying to get all of the seeds and flesh out from the pumpkins.
Birds of Prey
On October 28th we had 1066 Falconry bring in their birds of prey. They were very popular with all the residents, with the little owl being the fan favourite.
Step Back in Time
Later in September we had been invited to an event in the village of Framfield, it was called ‘Step Back in Time’. We were invited to attend the village hall where we enjoyed songs from the 50’s all the way through to the 80’s, it was wonderful to hear them again and some of us even got up to dance.
After a wonderful afternoon of ‘stepping back in time’ we were treated with delicious cakes and tea served to us in fine bone china cups.
We all had a memorable afternoon and talked about it for days after with our families and friends.