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
International Hug Day
Of course we are not actually able to hug each other at the moment, but we used this awareness day to remind each other of the importance of being kind to one another.
Suggestions were to flick your fingers so you show a heart or by making a heart with your hands, as Sam and Janea were doing in the kitchen and by doing so, giving each other a virtual hug.
National Robin Day
It can be difficult for birds to find food during the cold spells we are having. The birds bring us a lot of joy and hours of bird watching, so we decided to give something back. We made bird biscuits by mixing lard and peanut butter with oats, cranberries and peanuts. The mixture was shaped in deep biscuit cutters, cooled and hung up in trees. It is lovely to see so many varieties of birds feeding on our homemade biscuits.
Before COVID-19 came along, we had weekly visits by children from the nearby St Catherine’s Primary School. They cannot visit at the moment, so we have established a pen pal scheme with them.
The children have sent us cards, drawings and letters. We have watched their nativity play on our tablets and enjoyed both seeing and hearing the children.
At the moment, class 4 is learning about farming in Cornwall, and they have written letters with lots of questions for us. We write back to them while we spend time chatting and reminiscing about farming or wherever our thoughts and memories take us.
Christmas is fun and festive at Kernow, with regular staff performances. Reby, Jake, Joss and Luke formed a band and went on tour throughout the building singing Silent Night in several languages and playing all the good ol' Christmas songs. It was a real party atmosphere.
Activities staff told the Nativity story interspersed with poems, limericks, carols and pictures. They also had traditional Festival of Nine lessons and carols to candlelight on all units.
The last few days before Christmas will see secret Santa presents being delivered by an elf and, on Christmas Eve, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas' will be read by the old man in his pyjamas.
It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
We are not able to have entertainers indoors, so instead, we have hosted events in the car park.
Two reindeer called Nadelik and Lowen came to visit us. ‘Nadelik Lowen’ means Happy Christmas in Cornish. It was lovely to see the deer walk around with their handlers, scratch their antlers and come right up to the windows.
St Genny’s Silverband also came to visit in the car park. They played traditional carols, which could be heard and enjoyed throughout the entire home. Thank you for helping us bring Christmas to Kernow.
Getting Ready for Christmas
We are counting down to Christmas, making Christmas cakes, wrapping presents for our Secret Santa, writing cards and doing lots of Christmassy things.
The residents have told us that, for some, Christmas can’t come early enough, but for others, it can be a difficult time of the year, so we strike a happy medium and build up slowly.
Everyone can choose to which extent they want to get involved in the Christmas preparations, and from mid-December, we will bring in the decorations and really make it festive everywhere.