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
Exercising with Oomph
Keeping active, having social interactions and being mentally stimulated is very important to Residents at Lochduhar. Residents took advantage of Oomph live exercise class.
Every got really competitive, everyone wanted to beat each other and Residents really got into the activity.
As part of the homes life enrichment programme, the activities coordinators include firm favourites in the homes calendar with fun-filled adapted games that they played over the years in a safe environment!
Keeping active together
If you’ve followed our Facebook page for a while, you will know that we’re fond of a games day! We got the parachute out again for some exercise and fun as well as playing dominoes. We do enjoy keeping active together!
World Religon Day
Today is World Religion Day. To mark this day we used the activity book from the Oomph activity resource to learn all about religions from around the world. The residents reminisced about going to Sunday School when they were children and one resident advised that her mother had been a Sunday School teacher. After reading about the other religions, residents completed a religion themed word search and coloured in the themed pictures.
When local author, Rachel reached out to the home to see if our residents would like to do some illustrations for her book on the Scottish coastline, we were only too happy to oblige. The Lighthouse is at Southerness and it assists a safe passage through the Solway Firth. The Caerverlock Castle is situated on the Southern coast of Scotland. During the session residents shared their memories of favourite holidays spent in Scotland.
Merry Christmas to all our residents families, friends and all our followers, we hope that Santa brought everyone some lovely gifts! Resident's woke to find that they were included on Santa's nice list and each had a gift waiting for them! They have spent the rest of the morning opening gifts from family and friends.
A bundle of cards
Residents at Lochduhar received lots of christmas cards following our challenge. The latest cards were received from 2 secondary schools. Thank you to pupils at Dumbarton Academy for sending our residents Christmas wishes. Their card was designed by S3 pupil Kali Robertson @Dumbarton_Acad. We also received hand drawn cards from Dumfries High School S1 pupils. Thank you all the pupils who took time to send these. It's lovely to know that the older generation are in the thoughts of the younger generation especially at this time of year!