Meet our Activities Coordinator, Bea Porup
Bea has many years of experience working in elderly care and both experience and training in dementia care. She has also worked extensively with people with Huntington's disease. Bea works closely with Anna and our management team, nurses, carers and kitchen team to ensure our home has a vibrant environment with lots of events happening and varied opportunities for having both new and familiar experiences, making sure the people living here lead a rich and fulfilling life.
Activities at Kernow House
Our Activities Coordinators organise varied and regular events. The activities that take place depend on what our residents tell us they are interested in and the feedback we get from their families. We currently have pop-up cafes where we socialise and do crafts, Flexercise classes and the oppurtunity to go swimming in a nearby hydro therapy pool. Once a week we play bingo and we are often joined by families or friends during our social activities where they are always most welcome.
Living in Cornwall the surrounding countryside offers many beauty spots and we often have trips out to wherever our residents would like to go. At other times a walk to nearby shops or cafes is what we enjoy.
Kathy, our aromatherapist, delivers sensory sessions on each unit once a fortnight. She also offers private treatments. Louise is our hairdresser and she is with us twice a week. The methodist community support us with hymn singing once a week and all denominations are welcome to partake.
Apart from these weekly events, we also celebrate special occasions and events and often have musical entertainers to visit but we also make our own fun. All staff take part in fancy dress or charity events that we support and often what we do evolves through interaction between residents and care or activity staff. All this makes Kernow House a vibrant place to be where things happen both as group activities as well as on an individual level.
Life at Kernow House Care Centre
We have had a pop-up cinema for a while, but we have recently made it a more permanent feature, complete with cinema posters and comfortable seating. Residents take it in turn to visit the cinema and watch whichever film they like using our projector, large screen and surround sound. It is the new going out!
Our in-house shop has a new look and has now been named Kernow Kiosk. Due to the difficulties we experienced in shopping for toiletries during the first lockdown, we started buying in bulk from our local Cash ‘n Carry.
The whole concept of having our own shop has developed slowly, so the stock we carry is what residents request. We now have a large trolley complete with small shopping baskets, where residents can chose the products they like. Recently, we bought a price gun, so residents can be part of pricing the stock. The best thing is, that everything is sold on tick!
Dress Down Friday
It’s time to get some fun into our lives for no other reason that because it is Friday. We have started having dress down Fridays, when we can dress casually but still adhere to infection policies. It’s just a way of relaxing together and enjoying the little things in life… a kind word, a bad joke and a Friday drink, when Kernow Keg comes around in the afternoon.
Donations of 50 pence are optional and the money we raise will be given to a charity of our choosing.
A Manager's Thank You
Amanda Chichester decided to thank all staff for their hard work during the last many months, and what better way to do this than with cake? She ordered bespoke cupcakes from a local cake maker. There was one for every staff memeber, beautifully decorated and very tasty too. It was a lovely surprise and appreciated by everyone.
Maintaining Life Skills
There are days when all you want to do is something you know and feel comfortable with. We have kitchens that are equipped for residents to maintain their life skills, so there is often a bit of washing up to be done.
We have just acquired an ironing board that sits on a table so you can do a little ironing, sitting comfortably or maybe you want to sweep the floor. It’s often good to be able to do something that is meaningful and makes you feel good.
Launching Kernow Keg
"A little of what you fancy does you good!"
We agree with that, so we have made our own little mobile pub and called it 'Kernow Keg'. It has an extensive drinks menu with everything residents tell us they like, and we also carry snacks. Pork scratchings are a firm favourite. Kernow Keg will come to all units once a week, usually on Fridays, and before we leave we will ring our bell and call ‘last orders at the bar’.