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.

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.

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 Kernow House Care Home

Gardening

We love our gardens at Kernow House and enjoy being outdoors but for some people it is just not possible. We already have an indoor garden wheelbarrow, and we can take this to people in bed.  More recently, we have started making flower arrangements so there is something lovely indoors too. This time we planted little herb gardens for Father’s Day. There is just something lovely about plants.

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Storytelling

We had a fantastic afternoon with storyteller Alan Woolard. It has been a long time since we have listened to stories but Alan Woolard visited and told us some really great stories. We enjoyed the interaction and had a laugh. Everyone agreed that we will repeat this event in future, and we can’t wait for a return visit.

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Jubilee Celebrations

We’ve all had such a brilliant time celebrating the Platinum Jubilee, it has been such fun. Many of our staff and residents love the Queen and so they were all so excited to take part. It has been a real collaborative process - thinking about how we wanted to celebrate, planning our activities, decorating the home and creating all the party food. It was so lovely to be able to invite our friends and family to come and join us for a proper celebration too. We had a big party in the car park with old fashioned fairground games, a royal photo booth, delicious catering, buglers playing the Jubilee Fanfare and a visit from the mayor and mayoress. A fantastic day in wonderful sunshine.

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Resident Ambassador

We are very fortunate to have a Resident Ambassador at Kernow House. Mrs Caroline Rowe is very active and has a good feel for how other residents are. She often socialises with others and takes part in lots of activities. Caroline has just filed her first report after visiting residents on all units to find out, if anyone has any concerns. You are doing a great job, Caroline!

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Therapy Pony Visit

We were very fortunate to have a visit from Sweetpea and Thumbelina from Collytown Therapy Ponies. It was a glorious day, so we were able to be in the car park and have walks and pony cuddles. We also made the visit our World Rocks Against Dementia event and were able to donate £40 to Purple Angels from money raised from Dress Down Fridays. It was a fun day.

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Spring Planting

This school term we have carried on working with St Catherine’s school doing intergenerational work supported by the Sensory Trust. It has been such good fun and a real pleasure making this little wheelbarrow for the school. Residents firstly stuck adhesive insects on to the sides of the wheelbarrow and then planted it with flowers and vegetables. There are also a few surprises for the children to find. We then took the little spring garden around the home so all residents could see it.

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