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
A trip down Memory Lane
Lochduhar celebrated World Alzheimer’s day on the 21st of September. Residents enjoyed looking at their photographs and reminiscing about memories from the past. One resident commented on one of his photos “That’s my family, look at the boys they look so happy”. It was a really nice afternoon and residents showed each other their photographs and had a good chat over a cuppa.
With lockdown restrictions, Birthday celebrations aren't quite what everyone had planned but here at Lochduhar resident Jane celebrated her birthday in style by enjoying a walk in the homes garden and picking a bunch of heather she had spotted to have her room.
Residents and staff also joined together in singing the birthday girl a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.
Iconic fish & chip supper served
Residents at Lochduhar enjoyed the iconic dish of Fish and Chips, with a range of activities on FRYDAY 4th September.
National Fish and Chip day has returned for the 5th year running with the popular dish being served daily in fish & chip shops, pubs, restaurants, and hotels, by the fishermen and farmers who provide the sustainable and natural ingredients used to create it. On this day the nation will be enjoying this iconic family favourite which is traditionally eaten on a Friday.
International Dog Day
Having a few dog lovers here at Lochduhar, we had to celebrate international dog day. We decided we would have donation box where people could donate dog treats, food and toys. When it was full we took it to Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre. The staff and dogs looked very happy to see us with a boxful of treats. We got to meet 3 of their dogs Dot, Domino and Nipper. These 3 dogs are inseparable and are looking for a loving home. A couple of our residents wrote the canine rescue centre postcards with lovely messages on them. One resident wrote “I used to have a dog when I was younger from a rescue centre so it is nice to give to the poor little dogs that have nothing”.
This a story of the past where two friends meet for the first time since their teenage years. Residents, Jessie and Gloria worked together in Binns department store many years ago and the home we delighted to bring them together again. It was a joy for everyone to see their reactions when they recognised each other and it was like they had just seen each other yesterday. They enjoyed the catch up and there will be many more cuppas together!
Staying in touch
Residents at Lochduhar have been hard at work creating cards to send to their loved ones as a surprise throughout lockdown. They have also been making use of skype and facetime so that they can video call their relatives – although some weren’t too sure about the new technology!
Resident, Ruth has been busy keeping in touch with her family and regularly uses skype to catch up with her husband which she really enjoys. Ruth is always full of smiles when she sees David on the screen. Ruth says “it is a great way to see David and speak to him in a way of keeping in touch”.