Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kirsty Urquhart
We all know that keeping active is important I have worked with Barchester since 2007. 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.
Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
Life at our home
Christmas Cake Competition
Residents and staff took part in our regular Christmas Cake Competition. We decided on a Christmas present which residents helped cut out shapes to go on the cake. They enjoyed taking part but also watching and looking forward to having a slice later!
Christmas Tree Festival
Church Of Scotland organised a Christmas Tree Festival which Mo Dhachaidh took part in with our own tree. Our theme was 'Fishing' as we live in a fishing village. We had local boats draw and decorated to hang on the tree and fish etc. with names of the residents on them.
On The 5th, 6th,7th, & 8th of December we and the surrounding area had the chance to pop into the church to see all the trees from the village. All the residents that were able came to see the trees and we all thought it was beautiful.
Hansen & Gretel
Residents enjoyed another Theatre Presto production with a performance of Hansen & Gretel. We invited another local care home to join us, which they did, and our residents and staff enjoyed the afternoon, with a photo opportunity and a chat with the actors after they performed.
St Andrews Ceilidh
Residents, staff and families enjoyed St Andrews Ceilidh this weekend. We had Christy who volunteers playing the accordion on a regular basis, who got the Ceilidh going then followed by one of our residents grandchildren playing the fiddle for us.
We then had our local Highland dancers and a piper perform for us which was great and the residents thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
The residents of Mo Dhachaidh enjoyed a Thanksgiving lunch. Turkey and all the trimmings, what a treat and they all enjoyed it and most importantly one of our American residents Pat.
Residents also spent time on the run up to Thanksgiving chatting to staff about what they are most thankful for then we stuck them up on our main door to the home.
Stella, our Therapet dog visited not only with her owner Maureen, but also with Ullapool High School student called Louise, who is volunteering at our home.
They did multiple one to one sessions that really benefitted the residents involved and as always the staff too. Louise will continue to come with Stella and Maureen to visit the residents.