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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alex Petersen

I have been at Lucerne House since November 2011. I started in the kitchen before moving to the Activities Team. I have a background in music and theatre and was very happy to be able to share this with residents in the home. After a short while, I was promoted to being the Head of Activities, and have recently become NAPA level 2 qualified in Activity Provision.

In the role of Head of Activities, I am focused on ensuring that residents can continue to enjoy existing hobbies and interests, but also pursue new avenues of stimulation and activity. I am always looking to bring new experiences and means of engagement to the home, be that through massage therapy, yoga, engaging with the local community or many other things. At Lucerne House, our person-centred approach allows us to make every resident feel valued and comfortable enough to express themselves however they see fit.

My goal is to ensure that every person living at Lucerne House feels confident enough to make independent decisions and that each of them have a robust choice of activities and interests to engage with. I am always open to suggestions, so if you do have any, please do not hesitate to let me know. 

Activities at Lucerne House

At Lucerne House our person-centred activity programme has been tailored to suit the residents living in our home. It is constantly developing due to the direct feedback from our residents and enables them to take part in existing hobbies and new tasks that aim to stimulate creativity, intellect, physical ability and improve well being. With music groups, pub outings, cooking, gardening, one to one time, entertainers, quiz's, bingo and more, there is never a shortage of things to do.

We also have external providers who visit the home. We have Rachel Sherring who provides Yoga Sessions, Lorrain Christopher who is available every Wednesday and Thursday for hair appointments in our on site salon, Sharon Rees who visits on a Wednesday to provide massage therapy sessions in the comfort of your chair and regular Church Services which do include a monthly Holy Communion. We are always open to new suggestions so if you do have any please see Alex Petersen (Head of Activities), Jan Taylor or Scott Foot (Activity Coordinator's) who will be happy to listen.

Life at our home

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Cooking up a Storm

Residents have been putting their cooking abilities to the test here at Lucerne House in our cooking groups. Over the past few weeks, residents have been making various dishes, with a favourite being chicken curry with garlic bread.

Activities Coordinator, Jon Taylor, even donned her chef’s hat to lead the most recent group before the weekly quiz night. Everyone here at Lucerne House looks forward to cooking groups, as they enable us to be creative with food and to develop our cooking skills and knowledge.

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Animal-Assisted Activities

Residents, relatives and staff were all very pleased to welcome Katherine Nias and her animals from AniMates Activities in February. We were able to get up close with sugar gliders, guinea pigs, rabbits, a dog and a tortoise. We hope to continue having Katherine and her animals join us at Lucerne, so do check on our 'Upcoming events' to keep updated.

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The Donkey Sanctuary

Everyone had a great time this month when the Donkey Sanctuary visited us at Lucerne House. They toured our home, meeting and greeting residents, who all enjoyed interacting with Willow the donkey. We hope to see them again soon.

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Christmas Day

Everyone had a fantastic Christmas Day here at Lucerne House. There was festive cheer, great fun and a fantastic Christmas dinner prepared by our Head Chef, Simon Willmot, which really completed a fantastic day.

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Feathered Friends

We were all pleased to see Richard Dawkins and his birds form New Heights Falconry before the new wear. Residents were able to handle the birds and enjoyed a fantastic display.

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Sounds Festive

Residents, relatives and staff had a fantastic time with Colin and Ian from 'Sounds Easy' in December. The duo treated us to selection of festive songs that really got us in the mood for Christmas.

Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a delicious lunch!

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M.S. Coffee Mornings

Come along to our resident-run coffee mornings and meet like-minded people.

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Upcoming Events in March

There's plenty of fun activities scheduled for the month of March here at Lucerne House.

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Memory Cafés

Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and snack.

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