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.

Life at Lochduhar Care Home

V&A Dundee

We enjoyed a wonderful virtual introduction to the world of robots with V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.

Kirsty talked us through the history of robots and their early beginnings, the presentation traced the fascination of all things wired and wonderful and considered what the future might hold for our relationship with a multitude of mechanical machines.

It was absolutely thrilling to learn what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future.

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Aloha fun at Lochduhar

It was ‘Aloha’ fun at Lochduhar as residents and colleagues hosted a Hawaiian themed day, it was a colourful sight across the home as residents played games, drank mouth-watering cocktails and mocktails in the Summer sun and tasted a variety of fruits especially prepared by the homes hospitality team.  Residents are looking forward to their next themed day and wonder where their travels will take them!

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Administrator scoops coveted award

Cheryl Beeton at Lochduhar Care Home in Dumfries has been crowned Home Administration Champion of the Year for the North Division in the Barchester Care Awards 2021 and is through to the national round of judging.

The Barchester Care Awards celebrate the staff who go the extra mile for the benefit of the 12,000 residents living in Barchester’s 248 care homes and private hospitals across the country. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Dementia Care Champion’ and ‘Activities Coordinator of the Year’.

More than 2,900 nominations were received from homes and hospitals across the UK. All entries were a very high standard and Cheryl is over the moon to have been named the winner for the North Division beating hundreds of other nominees.

Cheryl said: “I am overwhelmed that my colleagues at Lochduhar have nominated me for this award and I feel very privileged to be the winner in this category for the North Division”

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Residents explore Dartmoor Zoo

We were able to virtually dive into the impressive wildlife of Dartmoor Zoo.

We explored its grounds and learnt about the unique history of the park from the zoo’s educational team. The culmination of the tour was the live tiger training demonstration, which was wonderful to see and enjoyed by all.

Our residents were delighted to see amazing photos and short videos of the animals and take a peek inside their home.

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Residents enjoy virtual trip to Iceland

We took a wonderful virtual trip to Iceland’s Puffin Rescue Centre at the Beluga Whale Sanctuary.

We were able to virtually meet some of the rescued Atlantic Puffins and to learn interesting facts about their care and unique lives. We took a peek into their lives in the wild, the Puffling rescue program in the Westman Islands, and how SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary’s team takes care of these charismatic little birds each day.

It was a very exciting experience, enjoyed by all.

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Harvest time

Its Harvest time here at Lochduhar as Residents, David and Cameron picked their crops and inspected their potatoes, with both happy with their progress but think the potatoes still may need a few more weeks!  With some ready, these were picked for the homes hospitality team to whip up a treat for tonight’s tea.  Residents here at Lochduhar love their garden club and sharing stories from allotment and gardening days.

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Upcoming events

August 2021

A fun-filled month of activities and events for residents to enjoy!