Meet our Activities Coordinator, Mary Hamshere
Mary is a dedicated member of the Milford activities team and holds an NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Activity Provision, which is accredited by NAPA (National Association of Activity Providers). Mary loves finding ideas for new activities that can be incorporated into our daily programme for both individuals and groups. She lives locally and has a busy life combining her work at Milford and looking after her family, cat and chickens.
Activities at Milford House
The Activities Team at Milford House are dedicated to providing a range of stimulating activities for both groups and individuals, that promote both physical and mental wellbeing based upon resident's interests both past and present. As a member of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) the team are always striving to incorporate best practice into the array of activities on offer and to enhance their own skills through qualification with NAPA to NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Activities Provision. The team combine weekly activity favourites such as sherry mornings with special events, musical entertainments, slide shows, outings in our own mini-bus as well as encouraging local groups such as the Brownies to come into the home to interact with our residents. Milford House also benefits from a strong network of volunteers who support the Activity Team as they deliver their programme and who, along with friends and relatives, are always welcome to come and join in our sessions and outings.
Life at Milford House Care Home
Residents are delighted that they are now able to book hair appointments again in our dedicated salon. Lisa, who is doing the appointments, has many skills and, in addition to being a fully qualified hairdresser, is also one of our carers.
We are able to offer appointments in line with our guidelines for single site working and, of course, we have all the appropriate infection control protocols in place. We are all now banishing our lock down ‘dos’!
Residents and staff at Milford thoroughly enjoyed a virtual talk put on by the V&A Dundee about the creation and building of the museum.
It was fascinating to hear how the project was conceived and brought through from the planning stage to a wonderful museum that now is home to a range of exhibitions.
Recently, residents also had a virtual talk about the Mary Quant exhibition at V&A Dundee which was a real trip down memory lane! These talks are only two of a range that are scheduled over the coming months, which include a virtual visit with the Sea Life Aquarium London and Five Sisters Zoo, just to name two.
Congratulations to one of our residents, June, who was recently honoured by the Mother's Union for 70 years of Service during the Lady Day Service of the Salisbury Diocese.
June joined the Union as a young bride when she was 19 and married a curate, and has been a part of it ever since. When asked about its continued relevance, she highlighted that the Union has always supported mothers and families, and she was proud to be involved in the Union's input into social issues, such as getting child allowance paid directly to mothers.
Staff were on hand to congratulate June on her achievement and present her with flowers and a cake to mark the occasion.
Spreading the Wildlife Message
Continuing on our wildlife theme for the month, residents have been working on wildlife collage postcards with materials supplied by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust through their Coombe Bissett Down Nature Reserve Project Officer, Emma.
Residents were able to choose backgrounds from a selection of animals, birds and butterflies to make their individual collage postcards, which were then sent out to family and friends. The images have inspired us to look out for some of these in our own wildlife area.
World Wildlife Day
At Milford, we celebrated World Wildlife Day by getting out to look at our wildlife garden and to formally unveil our new information board that was put up earlier in the week by Bill and Lewis, our maintenance team.
The board has information about the types of habitat, features and plants that we have put in and will be updated monthly to show what is growing and what wildlife to look out for.
This is only the second year of our garden and so it is still a work in progress, but we are excited to see how it will develop over the coming months.
St David's Day
Here at Milford we celebrated throughout the day; every resident received their own daffodil. There were large bunches around the home and we encouraged everyone to go out and enjoy the lovely spring sunshine and look at the fabulous display of daffs in our sunken garden. We also had virtual tours of St David's Cathedral running as well – so it was a busy day!