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
Fresh Air & Exercise
What better combination to enjoy is there than fresh air and exercise? Now brought to us in person again by Jackie. We are so pleased to be able to welcome Jackie back in person for our regular seated armchair exercise classes as, although we have been keeping fit via Zoom, having Jackie here in person to keep us up to our work is much better! We are also taking advantage of the nice weather to have our classes in the garden which is an added bonus.
Residents had a wonderful virtual visit to Dartmoor Zoo to see the tiger training live, followed by a Q&A session where we learned all about their fabulous Amur Tigers Dragan and Alisha.
This is just one of many virtual events that have been going on in the home, which have included visits to Knowsley Safari Park, Hereford Cathedral, Blenheim Place and the V&A Dundee just to name a few.
Some of the subjects covered have been Mary Quant, The Age of Ocean Liners and how Blenheim Palace contributed to the war effort – so a varied and diverse programme.
All talks are advertised via our Facebook page and anyone who is interested can ring the home to ask for a log in for a talk.
After an 18 month wait, residents were thrilled to be able to welcome back Wendy and her alpacas, Rufus and Guinness, to Milford. The friendly and adorable pair spent the afternoon meeting residents and, as can be seen, there were smiles all round. We are eagerly awaiting their next visit.
Residents and staff at Milford are delighted that Millie the PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog is now able to make regular visits to the home.
A five year old Sprocker, her owner, Ros, says that Millie is the perfect PAT dog, as she far prefers people to other dogs. We couldn’t agree more, and she definitely brings a smile to everyone she meets.
We are all eagerly awaiting her next visit.
Al Fresco Lunches
Some of our residents at Milford House have enjoyed choosing to lunch outside on our terraces in the warmer weather, so much so that we decided to make it a regular event (weather permitting, of course).
We held our first scheduled outdoor meal recently which had a picnic style menu with plenty of choices available for everyone. The menu went down a storm and a lot of fun was had by everyone and we are all looking forward to the next time.
Residents at Milford House celebrated the Queen’s birthday in style with a traditional English cream tea. The conservatory was royally dressed and the afternoon was presided over by Her Majesty herself! Residents enjoyed ‘meeting’ Her Majesty and having their pictures taken with the royal guest.