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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Mother's Day

At Kernow House, we mark celebrations and special occasions, but we are aware that some of these events can be difficult. Mother’s Day was one of those. Some residents remember their mothers and wonder where they are now, while others look for their children, so we took a generic approach to the day and celebrated all mothers, wherever they are.

We arranged big bunches of flowers for every kitchen area and in each vase had a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ greeting specially made by a resident. Lots of chocolate helped everyone enjoy the day!

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Spring Newsletter

Please click here to read the spring edition of the Kernow Kewsel.

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Poppet the Lamb

Senara Collins from Talons visited us with this gorgeous week old lamb called Poppet. She wore a nappy and could hardly stand, let alone walk on her own, which was perfect for us, as it gave us an opportunity to have lots of cuddles—and she felt just like a soft cardigan.

Talons also brought three baby rabbits callled Whiskey, Cognac and Brandy, and the very popular Boris the boa constrictor with them.

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Out at the Harbour

We love going out on minus trips! Most recently, a few residents got together to go to the Barbican in Plymouth to look at the boats in the harbour and have some fish & chips in a nearby café. It was an opportunity to remember times going by and enjoy the fresh sea air. 

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Time for a Cuppa

We have been selling books and bric-a-brac, hosted a raffle and enjoyed a coffee morning, all in aid of Dementia UK. In total, we managed to raise £141.28. Thank you to everyone who support this event!

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Long Service Award

Vivian Labial works as a carer at Kernow House and has done so for 10 years. She was presented with her Long Service pin and had a lovely bunch of spring flowers in addition to her £250 Love2shop voucher by Leigh Stanley, who is our clinical lead for dementia services. Vivian works on Petherwin unit and is a devoted carer. We caught her in the middle of breakfast and surprised her. Congratulations, Vivian!

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