Meet our Activities Coordinators, Marie Crainey & Eileen Orr
Marie and Eileen are two of our Activity Coordinators. They have 21 and 20 years-service respectively. Marie has been in the role since joining the company and Eileen recently joined the activity team although she was often involved in social events when working with the housekeeping team. They provide a varied and entertaining schedule for everyone’s taste and needs and enjoy every minute of it.
Activities at Four Hills
Our activity and lifestyle programme is arranged for all our residents to participate in and is updated regularly based on ideas from our residents group during our resident forum. Our Resident of the Day strategy ensures each person receives at least one day each month where the focus is all about them.
We have a monthly concert and to date this is appreciated and enjoyed by most residents. The Four Hills Taverns is open for business every Friday afternoon and is an area where residents and staff socialise, hold pub quizzes and partake in a little refreshment.
The team at Four Hills try hard to meet everyone's needs and encourage all residents and their families to join in the fun.
Life at our home
Festive Crafts Get Residents into Christmas Spirit
Four Hill residents are busy getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas crafts afternoon. Residents got together in the dining room to create Christmas wreaths, cards and pictures to give as gifts for their families. To add to their creativity some enjoyed a festive sing-along to their Christmas songs and carols before sitting back to admire their finished work with a cup of tea.
One Resident commented: “We had a lovely afternoon together making some beautiful Christmas decorations.” Gillian McKnight, General Manager said: “Our art classes are a popular activity for our Residents, with everyone working together to make great festive gifts to give to family and friends and we welcome members of the community to come along and join us at our activities.
Residents Enjoy Exercise Therapy
Residents were very enthusiastic throughout their recent exercise session as they welcome some very special visitors to join them and commented on how great it was to laugh and smile whilst keeping fit. Everyone was rewarded for their efforts with healthy snacks and refreshments.
Gillian McKnight, General Manager said “Our group activities are very popular with our residents and our seated exercise is such a great way to improve their wellbeing, and it’s even better to see them having such a wonderful time doing it! It has become one of their’ favourite activities to do. Independence is really important to them, and this helps to improve their overall strength and balance to move more freely around the home.
Exercise therapy sessions are just one of the variety of regular activities available for residents to enjoy at Four Hills
Residents Raise a Glass on St Andrews Day
Residents, relatives and colleagues celebrated St Andrews Day on Saturday 30th November. To mark St Andrews Day, the home’s baked traditional Scottish foods including, Scottish shortbread and Apple and Bramble Pie for everyone to enjoy. In the afternoon some of the residents took part in an ‘Ultimate Scottish Quiz’ where everybody got very competitive! before sitting back and enjoy live musical entertainment with performer, Billy Adair and raise a glass.
Resident Rose Rooney said: “It is important that we all celebrate St Andrews day together, many of us have lived in Scotland or have returned to our Scottish roots and so we love to celebrate with them, it was a wonderful afternoon”.
Residents Enjoy ‘Big Breakfast’
Paul Murray, Head Chef at Four Hills welcomes residents to join him for a ‘Big Breakfast’ each month. Food and hospitality can make a huge difference to residents and Paul as Head chef is committed to providing them with quality, nutritious food that gives them plenty of choice and makes each day enjoyable.
Mealtimes can actually play a part in their mental wellbeing as well as their physical health and as part of their monthly big breakfast it can trigger happy memories and is an opportunity for them all to talk about their favourite foods.
Residents and Colleagues Surprise General Manager
Surprise celebrations filled Four Hills as Gillian McKnight, General Manager celebrated a milestone birthday. Friends, colleagues and residents held a surprise birthday party in the home's beautiful lounge where the birthday girl was toasted with a special birthday cake and it made a wonderful centrepiece to complement the buffet. It was a fun-filled afternoon for everyone!
Gillian Mcknight said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating this milestone birthday surrounded by residents, colleagues and friends of the home, I am blown away with the gesture and it has been a truly wonderful afternoon and wish to thank everyone for the surprise”.
Local Care Home Presents Cheque to Local Charity
Four Hills Care Home in Ruchill, Glasgow recently presented The Common Wheel charity with a cheque for £630.00 to pay for musical instruments to enhance the lives of those living with mental health issues.
The home presented the cheque to the local charity on behalf of Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, which is a registered charity that gives grants to older people and other adults with a disability to help combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged in the communities where the Barchester care homes operate. The care home welcomed Alison Somerville and other members of the Common Wheel team to the home.
Lisa McErlane Activities Co-ordinator said “It was great to actually see how the donation from the Barchester Foundation is being used to great use. The residents at Four Hills Had a great time with the group.”