Meet our Activities Coordinator, Bridie Birrell
Hello, my name is Bridie Birrell and I am the Lifestyle Coordinator here at Friston House. I started working at Friston in February 2019. It is my job to ensure residents are getting an enriched lifestyle and ensure we are providing activities that cater to everyone's needs and interests. I make it my duty to get to know residents on a one-to-one basis so I can find activities that they will enjoy and benefit from.
Activities at Friston House
Our activity coordinators are constantly working to stimulate our residents both mentally and physically by organising group and individual activities for every one within the home to participate in. We have regular outings in our mini bus to various attractions within the area and in the summer we like to take our residents to the seaside, where they can enjoy fish and chips by the beach. Our activity programme is just one of the important aspects of the care home and we try our best to arrange the activities that our residents will enjoy.
Life at Friston House Care Home
Pampering & Manicures
A personal favourite for our residents is pampers and manicures. We file and paint their nails whilst engaging in meaningful conversation. The gentlemen like to have their nails filed and clean, some even opt for a pop of colour. Our ladies love to have a splash of paint, whether it be bright or neutral. The residents enjoy having their hands bathed and soaked in their hand creams!
Gardening at Friston
We’ve been making the most of this sunny weather here at Friston! We have been planting some basil seeds from our gardening kit. The residents enjoyed filling their plant pots with soil and seeds!
For Mother’s Day this year, all our female staff and residents enjoyed receiving a card from us to thank them for being a wonderful mother! The residents were very happy to spend time reminiscing with their fellow residents about the Mothers Days they’ve had in the past!
Aquapainting is such fun. Now it’s a white sheet of paper, but when we add water ... just like magic, pictures appear. Here a green car is coming to life, and there is a lady pushing a pram. Such fun!
Bridie and Pauline were very busy wrapping ‘gifts’ for the fete which had been planned for the first Saturday in April. Those plans are now on hold, however, the residents enjoyed the creative activity.
Sing Along Session
Our residents have thoroughly enjoyed having a game of balloon tennis and participating in a sing song. The residents faces lit up as they heard their old favourites, Max Bygraves, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. The residents laughed at our two volunteers Pauline and Hannah as they danced along to the music.