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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 our home

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Making Christmas Cakes

It is time to make Christmas cakes and we have a great tradition at Kernow that involves the entire home. Residents, activities staff and volunteers make the cakes when our pop-up café is set up, and the kitchen staff bake them.

As you can see: Dan, our Head Chef, and Sam, our Kitchen Assistant, were quite excited about this. We have made 10 cakes and they will go out to the units to be decorated before being entered into our in-house competition. The winner will be put forward for Barchester’s Christmas Cake Competition, so it’s game on from us! May the best cake win!

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Festival of Christmas Trees

We have entered this community event again this year and were lucky to have a prime position by the altar. Some residents came along and helped decorate the tree with the items we have made together.

Our theme this year was ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, and we made silver clouds and wrote about the little things that make our lives that small bit easier. We hope lots of people see our tree and get as much pleasure from looking at it as we did making it.

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10 Years at Barchester

Tony Silvestre was presented with his 10 year Long Service Award by Careen Harris. Tony works as a Carer, primarily doing night shifts, and has now been rewarded with a pin and a Love2Shop voucher. Well done, Tony!

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Christmas is Coming

Christmas is nearly here and we are fortunate to be invited to St. Mary’s Church’s Festival of Christmas Trees & Cribs again this year. We have been busy making decorations, but at the moment, it is still a secret.

We went to Stacey’s Christmas Tree Farm and selected the best looking tree for the event. It was a beautiful morning with frost on the ground and beaming sunshine.

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Remembrance Day

We marked this historic centenary in several ways at Kernow. Our two occupational therapy students designed and made poppies with residents during pop-up cafes, and these poppies were given to our residents on Remembrance Sunday.

A small group of residents went to the War Memorial in Launceston and took part in the service there, whilst another group drove to town later in the day to see the many wreaths laid in memory of those who came before us.

During the afternoon, we gathered to read and listen to war poems, and an extract from Sebastian Faulks’ 'Birdsong was' read, giving everyone a chance to reflect and remember.

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To Absent Friends

We marked this themed week at Kernow with a hymn service dedicated to absent friends, and we had a board that residents, staff and visitors could leave a message for their loved ones on.

We ended up making a flower in memory of our absent friends, and The Tintagel Storyteller, Jill Lamede, joined us one afternoon to tell us stories themed around love and loss, and it was a very emotional time for all of us, giving us opportunity to reflect and remember.

It’s good to be around friends; we have strong friendships here and cherish them.

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