Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rebecca Clark
I have been working at Mount Vale since 2013; I absolutely love my job, especially meeting all residents and their families. We have lots of events, such as fetes art exhibitions and open days. We always endeavour to involve the local community, so schools and colleges will often visit the home. We have lots of external entertainers and enjoy regular pet therapy sessions, including a PAT dog, who will often stop by to spend some quality time with residents.
Activities at Mount Vale
Our specialist activities staff are committed to organising a mix of activities and events for residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and visits from PAT dogs, entertainers and musicians. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.
Life at Mount Vale Care Home
Home hosts Easter Egg hunt
Residents and staff at Mount Vale were delighted to welcome the children from Rosedene Nursery for an Easter egg hunt in the homes garden. Residents watched from the windows and loved watching the little ones scrabble around finding all of the hidden chocolate eggs! Everyone is looking forward to when the little ones can come back into the home for their weekly reading corner.
A walk in the Spring sunshine
We are very lucky here at Mount Vale to have such beautiful grounds and gardens our residents can enjoy. Spending time in the fresh air looking at flowers and taking a stroll is so important to the wellbeing. Not only having a stroll is good exercise it just makes you feel so much more refreshed and happy. As you can see Elsie, Kathleen and Betty were having a lovely time.
When the weather is so miserable outside, it’s time to bring the outside inside! Using our Magic Table 360, residents had fun sweeping up leaves that were projected onto the floor. The Magic Table is interactive which meant as our residents brushed, the leaves would rustle and move.
After sweeping up the leaves, we had a fun game of ‘Pop the balloons’ which both residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed.
We had a fantastic Mother’s Day here at Mount Vale! All of our lovely Ladies received a little sweet bag made up by staff that were presented to them all over lunch. We spent the afternoon enjoying an afternoon tipple and even more goodies such as flower cupcake
Roses galore at Mount Vale
Love was in the air for Residents when our local Sainsbury’s dropped off Red Roses for each of our ladies here at Mount Vale. As you can see they are absolutely beautiful. The ladies got together and arranged all of the flowers into individual little vases and took them around to all of the ladies in the Home. Our residents were delighted, the whole home was a sea of red and perfumed!
Home brings whole new world of magic
Mount Vale Care Home in Northallerton has recently brought a bit of magic to residents by providing a new ‘Magic Table 360 and the Happiness Programme’ as a way to improve residents’ quality of life.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Magic Table 360 uses interactive games to connect residents with staff and with each other, and research shows it improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Using interactive light projections, the Magic Table 360, which can be played independently or in a group, stimulates movement by inviting participants to take part in all sorts of different fun activities such as popping bubbles, playing the piano, colouring in pictures, sweeping leaves or interacting playfully with fish. Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allow people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Magic Table 360 is portable so it can be used wherever residents feel most comfortable, it can be projected onto the floor, ceiling, walls, a whiteboard or even the bed. The Happiness Programme allows for a range of games that change seasonally and have country-specific versions covering 14 different categories, so there will always be something new for residents to try.