Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sally Gilder
Sally has been in the care sector for 25 years, she moved to Scotland 2 years ago and joined our Lochduhar team as a care assistant. Sally is very passionate about the care she provides and the welfare of our residents. Working as a care assistant Sally was able to get to know the residents wants and needs to provide excellent person –centres care to each individual. Sally now feels that she can provide a different side of herself to promote an active and inclusive lifestyle through her new role as Head of Activities.
Activities at our home
Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.
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 Lochduhar Care Home
World Wetlands Day
As today is World Wetland Day, some residents decided they would like to take a bus trip to the Wetland centre at Caelaverock. We wrapped up warm and set off, admiring the scenery on the way. On arriving at the wetland centre, the ladies chose to have a cup of tea and a look around the centre at various types of bird books. We took a look at the map, and headed off to the Observatory. As we got inside we were amazed to see so many different types of birds were there. As the birds spoke to each other this made the ladies chuckle. The ladies said the swans and geese were beautiful. We also got to see some beautiful snow drops. The ladies said they thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit!
We celebrated Chinese New Year recently. Each Chinese New Year is represented by a zodiac sign. 2023 is the year of the rabbit, so our residents, took part in some arts and crafts. They made lanterns, drew pictures of rabbits and made a wonderful dragon. We displayed these in our communities. Our kitchen staff made a very tasty meal of, Chicken and sweetcorn soup, sweet and sour chicken with fried rice, spring rolls, dim sum, prawn toast, sweet chilli crackers and thai crackers. The food wes delicious and everyone had a wonderful time.
International Flower Day
We recently celebrated International Flower day by arranging some flowers of our own.
There were many different types of flowers and shrubs. While arranging the flowers, some residents spoke of their own gardens and what type of flowers they grew, roses and tulips were a favourite.
A Visit from the Northwest Nursery
We like to keep in contact with the community, and so last week The Northwest Nursery paid us a visit. Our residents faces light up when they see the children coming in to visit them. They played a game of snakes and ladders, did some jigsaw puzzles, loop the loop and a pairs game. The interaction between everyone is so nice and we talked about our time with the children later on that day, with a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Starlings with Royal Parks
Across our services our residents have enjoyed a wonderful live virtual talk about starlings, one of the UK’s most gregarious birds, hosted by Rachel Dowse from The Royal Parks London.
Rachel examined our long history with this bird and the importance of common species to our lives. Our residents had the opportunity to find out more about the great murmuration and why we need to pay special attention to these beauties before it's too late.
The virtual experience was truly enjoyed by all.
Christmas Trolley Competition
We decided to have a Christmas Trolley Competition here at Lochduhar. Our domestics, Kitchen staff, Activity Team, and all Floors took part.
The game was on to make your trolley look the best. We had Santa his Elf, the little helper and the sleigh. We had a sweetie trolley, a winter wonderland trolley, a fair ground all made from Lego! We had a Christmas Snowman theme and another lovely sleigh with some pink reindeers! And that lovely other sleigh with the pink reindeers was the winner! Janice and her team from Burns Lodge.