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
15 Years Working at Kernow
Staff are often celebrated at Kernow, either because they have been nominated and won Employee of the Month, as a ‘thank you’ for achieving something special or for Long Service. Anna Wojtas has worked as a carer at Kernow for 15 years and more recently as activity coordinator.
She was presented with a pin, a £250 Love2Shop voucher and a bottle of Prosecco by manager Gail Griffiths and was applauded by many of her colleagues. Well done Anna!
Every month we have a meeting where residents are invited to tell us about any concerns they might have or come up with ideas for new things to do. In fact, we talk about all sorts of things, while we drink tea or coffee and eat freshly baked croissants.
For those people who are unable to attend the meeting, we bring the meeting to them individually so everyone gets a chance to have their say. Afterwards, the minutes are typed up and displayed on every unit so everyone can see what’s going on.
104th Birthday Celebration
We recently celebrated Mary’s 104th birthday. Every year, Mary’s daughter Ann travels from America to visit her mother on her birthday. The photograph is of the two of them on Mary’s 102nd birthday, but this year Mary spent her special day in bed. Dan Hill, Head Chef, organised fragrant flowers, a bright balloon, sweet cake, birthday banners and a card, so there was something for all the senses. Many happy returns to you, Mary!
We recently held our first official Death Café. For some people the name is a little off-putting so we try hard to make the concept of death less scary. The Death Café was facilitated by us but run by a group of volunteers from Confortia, who brought Gilbert – The Elephant In The Room. They also brought many leaflets, a wealth of knowledge, support, comfort and a good listening ear.
We got the tea and cake out and residents, relatives and staff came along to the café. When asked afterwards, if those who attended would like the café to happen regularly, comments like ‘it’s very useful’, ‘it’s good to talk’ and ‘that felt very safe’ were made, so we will have Death Cafes regularly.
Long Service Award
Rachel Yole is a carer and has worked at Kernow House since we opened. She received her 25 Year Long Service Award and was presented with a pin, a £250 gift card and a bottle of prosecco by manager Gail Griffiths.
Rachel has worked everywhere at Kernow and is a popular member of our team. She takes whatever comes her way in her stride and always has a ready smile. During her time at Kernow, Rachel has had five children and maybe that is the secret to her endless patience. Well done, Rachel!
Christmas is always a busy time with lots of things happening at Kernow House. So far we have had carol singers around the home and we have displayed a tree in St Mary’s church for the Festival of Christmas Trees and Cribs. Fundraising this time has gone to the local branch of the HDA and we raised an impressive £194.28.
The final day was on National Elf Day when staff and residents dressed up as elves. It was good fun and as always a pleasure to support a charity close to our hearts.