Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lucie Hardy
My name is Lucie, I joined Dudwell St Mary in August 2020 as one of the Activity coordinators.
I have 10 years previous experience working in a care home. I enjoy the interaction with the residents and have built good relationships with them. My sole purpose is to make a positive contribution to their day. We offer many group sessions and also one to one for those who prefer or need this.
We have a fun atmosphere and make sure every resident is involved in our activities.
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
Mary Quant Virtual talk
Staff and residents at Dudwell St Mary were treated to a virtual talk about Mary Quant’s influence on the world of fashion by V&A Dundee curator, Mhairi Maxwell. The talk forms part of a series of six talks and virtual tours that V&A Dundee is hosting for Barchester Healthcare’s care homes and private hospitals across the UK. Everyone said the talk was fascinating and transported them back to the swinging sixties.
St Patrick's Day Celebrations
Celebrations were in full swing as Residents celebrated St Patrick's day in style. They made Shamrock smoothies, followed by a special lunch. Then an afternoon of taking a trip around the emerald isles, learning lots of interesting facts along the way.
Return to school gifts
Staff and residents from Dudwell St Mary welcomed children back to school with a lovely hamper of treats following the long lockdown period.
To celebrate the children’s return to school, staff and residents prepared a big hamper containing lots of fresh fruit, healthy snacks and treats for the children from Burwash Primary who the residents had missed seeing through their usual intergenerational activities. They received a wonderful hand written card in return.
Cheers to Mothers Day
We always love a celebration and Mothers Day is no exception. Residents celebrated with a delivery of fresh flowers. A three course lunch prepared and served by the head chef and then an afternoon of sweet treats, fun and fizz for everyone.
The smell of fresh baked bread and cookies often fills the home. Staff are always finding ways to encourage and promote independence. A baking afternoon always gets to show off skills and a good excuse for afternoon tea for everyone to taste the delights after.
Residents are overjoyed as our visiting suite continues to enable them to spend time with their loved ones. Balancing resident well being and safety is at the forefront of everyone's mind and we understand how important it is for residents and their family to be together.