Meet our Activities Coordinator, Scott Foot
My name is Scott and I started as the activities coordinator at Mount Tryon in 2019, but I have worked for Barchester since 2012, previously as an activities assistant at a home in Exeter.
Getting to know our residents and their loved ones is very special, as it allows me to understand their needs, hobbies and interests. It's also great to see them enjoying a new activity, and it's never too late to gain a new interest.
As a dog owner myself, I know how therapeutic the company of animals can be, so I am passionate about our residents experiencing this too. We have a visit twice a month from a PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog, and regular visits from Animal HQ.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and going to concerts. My favourite band is Oasis, but I know that is not everyone's taste! Luckily, we have a wide variety of musical performances here at the home, so everyone has a chance to tap their foot and sing along to something.
I am NAPA Level 2 qualified in Activity Provision, and I am always looking for ways to improve what we deliver. If you have any suggestions or feedback, I would love to hear from you.
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
Get Some Oomph
Here at Mount Tryon we have been lucky to be chosen to work with Oomph! Wellness. This programme will compliment and work alongside our variety of activities for our wonderful residents. It's great way to promote resident wellbeing that's part of the person centered approach.
Here we are been introduced to an exercise class with a difference! We had a seated gentle exercise session to keep things moving and encourage co-ordination. A big 'cheer' for our first session and we look forward to it being part of our regular activities programme.
We Will Remember Them
In honor of all who serve, have served and their families, we spent time during our regular arts and crafts sessions to paint and create poppy wreaths. It is important to us at Mount Tryon to encourage different ways for residents to express feelings, and art is one of the very popular ways to do this.
With great thanks to our community link with, Torre Abbey, we had a wonderful afternoon making clay creations. Residents made their own designs, including a fruit bowl, a vase, pots and flowers. In our next session, we will be painting them and then looking forward to seeing them being displayed proudly in their rooms and around the home.
We were able to experience the BFG in Pictures, a touring exhibition from House of Illustration, here at the home.
The fantastic staff at Torre Abbey brought the exhibition to us and we were able to see the original illustrations as reproductions of Quentin Blake's illustrations for Roald Dahls much loved story.
We look forward to spending more time with Torre Abbey when they visit us next month.
Celebrating 10 Years
Everyone at Mount Tryon Care Home congratulated Sheila Wilson, one of our healthcare assistants, on her 10 years of service with Barchester.
Sheila was presented with an award, given to her by Sharon Goldsworthy, General Manager of the home. Congratulations and well deserved for all her hard work!
Let's Talk Dementia
Here at Mount Tryon we are lucky to have a support from the Purple Angel and to be a part of a dementia awareness campaign. We tried out a new board game called 'Let's Talk Dementia'. The board game is an interactive way of engaging with people and helping them to understand dementia better, and it is a step towards building more inclusive communities where everyone can feel welcomed and safe.
We look forward to using this to support families and loved ones. If you would like us to sit down with you to get the most of it, please don't hesitate to let us know.