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
National Welsh Rarebit Day
We had a bit of a party in the car park when Zoe came to sing her cabaret for us. It was National Welsh Rarebit Day, so we took the pub outside and had a bit of what we fancied to drink, as well as some very tasty Welsh Rarebit. The sun came out and it was a really lovely afternoon!
We have received another big envelope full of letters written by pupils at St Catherine’s Primary School. Over the past school year, we have been pen pals with them and now we can’t wait for their letters to arrive. The children used to visit Petherwin, but now their letters are shared around the home. Thank you so much to all the children and teachers at St Catherine’s. We love getting post from you!
We have new entertainers at Kernow House and are having lots of fun with new experiences. Drums4Fun came to do a Percussion Experience Workshop with us. There was lots of music, drumming, shaking jingle bells, singing, dancing and laughter.
International Beer Day
A good selection of international beer, combined with travel magazines showing images from all over the world, gave us a good opportunity to go on a virtual holiday or remember those we have had. We even had a postcard of kindness sent to us from a little girl remembering her own holiday in New York.
The idea of recalling memories through the sense of smell is sometimes done by using scentscapes. We have made our own by collecting herbs and flowers in the gardens and making little posies of them. Residents enjoyed smelling them and thinking of memories attached to each posy. Lavender reminded many of their mothers’ perfume while the fragrant smell of rosemary reminded many of roast lamb.
Mandy Downing, very kindly donated lots of England flags and hats to us so we could decorate the home and cheer England on in the EURO 2021 tournament. We have watched a lot of football, talked a lot about football related memories and enjoyed a pint or two. Events like this really bring people together and although we did not bring the trophy home, we have really enjoyed the camaraderie in uniting against the other teams.