Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lisa Ward
Hi, my name is Lisa and I am one of the homes activity coordinators here at Highview. I joined the team in September 2019 as Head of Housekeeping and have transferred over to activities in October 2020.
I am originally from Lancashire and moved to the Highlands in December 2015 so that my husband and I could give our youngest a better quality of life. I have a friendly, outgoing personality and love engaging with the residents. I cannot wait to bring even more fun and laughter into the home and I am looking forward to enriching the residents lives.
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 Highview House Care Home
Just passing through
Our residents had a lovely time joining Daniel Snowman, for an exciting virtual event to discuss his book ‘Just Passing Through’.
Author of over a dozen books, Daniel Snowman’s long and active life has led him to interact in countless ways with the wider world and with some of its most famous inhabitants. His memoir evokes these experiences via a series of vivid literary vignettes.
Our residents found the talk very intriguing and informative, and were happy to learn more about Daniel’s experiences around the world.
Virtual singing session
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.
Yesterday we took two of our residents, Leonora and Mairi, to Dornoch beach to test out their beach wheelchairs. These enable people who or in wheelchairs to access the beach and to enjoy being pushed along the sand without struggling are getting stuck. The ladies who run this amazing project were extremely helpful and our residents thought the wheelchairs were great. The residents really enjoyed a long walk across the lovely sands. Afterwards they had a picnic lunch before heading back to Inverness.
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.
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.
Local school support with jubilee bunting
The pupils from Muirtown Primary School, Inverness, did a fantastic job of making us some bunting to decorate our new marquee for the Platinum Jubilee. Each part of the bunting was individually designed by each pupil and we took one of our residents, Julianne, down to the school to proudly receive the bunting. There, she presented the pupils with some treats to enjoy as a thank you for all their hard work. This is a great way to involve the local community in events at Highview.