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 Mo Dhachaidh Care Home
Keeping busy on a rainy day
Residents of Mo Dhachaidh enjoyed a day of jigsaws, quiz, reminiscence magazines and photo cards.
Isabel did a jigsaw marathon which she really enjoyed. Pat, Greta and Stella all enjoyed some reminiscence, reminiscence photo cards, magazines and famous faces.
Everyone ended the day with a quiz which is always a hit with the ladies and gents and it can get quite competitive!! We all had a fun day.
Mo Dhachaidh Summer Festival
Residents and staff enjoyed a Festival themed weekend. We spent time asking the ladies and gents what their favourite music is and did they ever go to any festivals or dances. We heard some lovely reminiscence stories about dances and meeting their other halves or being with friends and family.
We had a long list of favourite musicians and bands which we then made into a playlist for our festival weekend. A staff member provided a disco ball speaker which lit up the room in lots of bright lively colours which the residents enjoyed.
Our chef made lovely fresh fruit prosecco cocktails for the residents to enjoy, which they did!! Our local Tesco donated the bottles of prosecco which was kind of them and we really appreciated the gesture. On the Saturday evening residents enjoyed homemade fish and chips which the staff and residents really enjoyed.
Exercising the body & mind
Keeping active, having social interactions and being mentally stimulated is very important to Residents at Mo Dhachaidh. Mo Dhachaidh not only engage in regular gentle exercise but they also enjoy exercising their brains with weekly quizzes, brain teasers, word ladders and much much more!
Residents showed their competitive sides with a little friendly competition over a game of balloon tennis.
Residents enjoy new visitor
Residents are enjoying having a new visitor in the home and were delighted to meet baby Anna. The new addition to the home is getting lots of attention and affection from the residents and find her a comfort to have around. Activities coordinator, Kirsty has brought in knitted cardigans for residents to change her clothes and trying to encourage the residents to knit to make something new for Anna to wear. She really has made a huge difference to some of the homes residents.
Residents have been keeping themselves busy decorating bunting and paper flowers for our foyer and corridors to brighten them up. Residents are enjoying learning a new skill making paper flowers. They've been learning the technique of folding the paper up and then cutting different shapes out for the petals. Residents and staff also have enjoyed personalising their own bunting flag to hang up.
Residents enjoyed a 3 course lunch with oup to start, then a choice of roast chicken, roast pork or a vegetarian Wellingto, followed by homemade chocolate eclairs. Residents were delighted to have a wee glass of Prosecco too. Residents then relaxed, watching West Side Story whilst indulging in popcorn and some fizzy pop later on in the afternoon.