Meet our Activities Coordinators, Margaret & Ellie
We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities.
Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust we build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings for coffee and shopping, which residents love and we are passionate about ensuring our Residents are linked to the community and we continue to develop these relationships.
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
Gentleman’s club fun!
The gentlemen of Lochduhar recently gathered to enjoy an evening together for some games and socialising in one of the homes spacious lounges. The gentlemen and staff gather everyone together for some games and chat over a refreshing drink.
Many of the men choose to spend time in their room, so the staff see it as a great opportunity to get them together and encourage socialising, perhaps sparking up some friendships! On this occasion they enjoy refreshments and nibbles whilst playing a few games of pools and look forward to their next get together.
The most popular part of their get togethers is the games and activities. Dominos is a regular occurrence, with of course different card games enjoyed by all.
A Royal Celebration
On Saturday 13th June, one of our residents made a cake for the Queen’s birthday. She really enjoyed doing this and made the cake herself from start to finish. First of all the sponge, then she whipped the cream up, and placed it nicely over the cake. She then decorated it with raspberries and strawberries and finished by placing it on cake stand. Residents in the home then enjoyed a slice of cake with an afternoon cuppa.
Afternoon at the Seaside
Residents at Lochduhar celebrated National Fish and Chip day in the garden, with a seaside theme! The kitchen did a brilliant job at boxing up battered fish, sausages, scampi with chips for the residents to enjoy. Drummuir Ice cream farm kindly donated tubs of ice cream with wafers, for our residents to have as a sweet treat after their main meal. Our local chip shop Palmerston Café also donated us ice cream tubs, so the residents felt like they were at the seaside.
Our garden turned into the beach for the day as we had old style deck chairs, picnic blankets and even a small fishing boat! It was a great day and thoroughly enjoyed by our residents here. One resident said “Everything is perfect and the food is great”.
Residents in the home celebrated the annual Chelsea Flower Show this year. Residents really enjoyed flower arranging different flowers in vases for each unit. They are so bright and colourful. This activity definitely brightened up their day!
Laura Made the Cut!
Residents at Lochduhar really missed the in house hairdresser coming every week to do their hair. Residents were feeling low about their hair and told staff it would be nice if they could get it done every week. We were very lucky when one of our staff members, Laura, who used to be a hairdresser, volunteered to come in one day a week to wash, blow dry and style residents' hair for them. Residents in the home were very touched by this and had a spring in their step on the way to the hairdressers and a smile coming out!
The team at Lochduhar have received a colourful bumper delivery of fruit boxes thanks to the kindness of their local Boots store in Dumfries, which has been delivered to the home. The fruit boxes contained a variety of healthy, tasty treats for the team to enjoy. Everyone at the home would like to offer their sincere thanks and gratitude to Boots for their kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic.