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
Lots of Laughs!
Laughter is truly the best medicine, and we have been trying to ensure that there is plenty of it at Milford House!
Residents always enjoy reminiscence sessions, and these have been key over the past few months, and we have had sessions that have focused on what makes us happy or makes us laugh.
It is often surprising what tickles us and how often it is exactly the same thing that makes others in the group laugh as well. Certainly the weather helps as well, and the more the sun shines the more we seem to laugh.
Letters from the Community
Residents at Milford House have been touched to receive letters, postcards and pictures from the community and, as a result, there are a number of pen pal links that have been set up between residents and local children. The residents are really enjoying hearing about the activities that the children have been undertaking and the drawings have been lovely.
When conditions allow, we are hoping to invite everyone who has written to come into the home so that we can say ‘thank you’ and meet up face to face.
Remembering VE Day
Residents at Milford House, along with the rest of the nation, remembered VE in various ways. Here in Salisbury though, one war-time memory that kept emerging was central to Salisbury’s part in the war effort; namely the secret spitfire factories that were operating in and around the city. Each factory was responsible for a different part of the plane which, when assembled nearby, was then delivered to the air force. It was all such a closely guarded secret that many people who lived in Salisbury throughout the war were unaware of what was taking place right in the centre of the city! Residents decided that this was such a key moment that they wanted to mark this part of their history by painting their representations of the Spitfire. The results were amazing and are on display in our conservatory.
There is nothing residents and staff at Milford House love more than a singalong, and the fabulous weather gave us an opportunity to spread out around our inner courtyard and all combine for some impromptu song and general theatrics. Leading one of the songs was our very own Michael Ball in the shape of Glen. who works in laundry. A great afternoon was had by everyone!
Residents at Milford House are lifting their spirits by taking walks in our lovely gardens (with the appropriate social distancing). The weather has been gorgeous and, of particular interest, has been our new wildlife garden, which has been worked on over the winter and is now really starting to take shape, as the plants start sprouting now that the warmer weather is here. We are especially lucky here to have such large gardens to enjoy and are making the absolute most of them.
Salisbury Art Trail
Residents at Milford have been enjoying regular art workshops with Creative Minds Salisbury. Apart from the satisfaction of creating their art works, they are also working towards an exhibition of their art work as part of the Salisbury Art Trail, which runs from the 30th May – 14 June. The home will be one of many venues around the city taking part in the Art Trail, and it will be wonderful the share and display the creativity of our residents. Look out for further details nearer the time!
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Don't Dine Alone
We know meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.
Need a venue?
We have a room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.