Activities at Newlands
Activities within our home are tailored around the requests of the residents. Our Activities Coordinator holds regular activity meetings with the residents and staff to seek new thoughts and ideas. The home is committed to offering a varied range of activities for all residents from hand and nail care to gardening for those who have green fingers. We carry out reminiscence activities including planned entertainment days utilisng our PoDs, bringing the seaside into the home or a Dance Hall evening. We are proud to be part of the OOMPH Organisation, which offers upper and lower limb exercises to music, we have strong links with the local library offering visual and audio books for residents to enjoy.
We hold strong links with the community, especially schools and local children's sports teams who visit the home to provide entertainment and engagement with residents. We also maintain relationships with the church to ensure that residents spiritual beliefs are met. Externally we have our own mini bus and outings are planned and carried out again tailored to residents preferences, whether it be a shopping, visit to the local pub, tea and coffee afternoons or a scenic day out in the lakes and lovely countryside that surrounds us. However the fun does not just stop at the residents we care for but we also hold family nights for example our Pie and Pea Suppers, and various fayres throughout the year.
Life at our home
Fang’tastic Party for Residents
Residents of Newlands enjoyed an afternoon on fun and mess as their creative skills were showcased with pumpkin carvers before Residents were joined by staff, their children getting into the Halloween spirit with some spooktacular outfits and a fang’tastic party.
Their spooky creations are now displayed proudly in the home’s foyer for all guests to see and admire. Kim Whelan, General Manager said: “This was such a lovely way to spend the afternoon.”
Residents & Community Come Together to Remember
Residents, relatives, colleagues and members of the West Cumberland Royal Engineer Association and the community have come together and got involved with creating a display with 1700 crotched and knitted poppies, flags and silent soldiers’ figures.
The home has planned a range of Remembrance day has inspired activities which helps residents to honour and remember those affected by the war.
Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together at Newlands to enjoy an open day that was held at the home on 31st August 2019. The home hosted a variety of activities throughout the day, including 300 mile exercise bike challenge, wet sponge throw, cake sale and music from Mickey D, which were enjoyed by everyone who came to the event.
On the day the team at the home also celebrated the launch of their new workshop space for residents, named Haile Hut. The hut was named in memory of a resident of the home, Tony Haile, whose tools and equipment were donated by his wife Carole.
Bringing the Community Together
Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together at Newlands to enjoy an open day that was held at the home on 31st August 2019. Newlands hosted a variety of activities throughout the day, including 300 mile exercise bike challenge, wet sponge throw, cake sale and music from Mickey D, which were enjoyed by everyone who came to the event.
On the day, the team at the home also celebrated the launch of their new workshop space for residents named Haile Hut. The hut was named in memory of a resident of the home, Tony Haile, whose tools and equipment were donated by his wife Carole.
A Wet August
August has not seen many sunny days this year, but this has not stopped the residents of Newlands enjoying the summer holidays.
This month, the residents have been on many trips around West Cumbria, with Silloth, Keswick, St Bees and Cockermouth being visited by the Newlands minibus. Popular activities during trips out included visiting the local pubs and chippies, taking the scenic routes to enjoy the views of the Lake District and listening to music and sharing jokes on the bus.
Sport features heavily in people’s entertainment choices throughout summer, and our home has been no different. Regular exercise classes in the lounge have been enjoyed by our units, who also made use of both target games that were self-made by Newlands staff. Golf has been popular too, with indoor putting and outdoor chipping competitions taking place on the Lakelands unit.
The girls have been getting together too, meeting up in each other’s rooms and lounges and being very social. New bonds between residents are being created as they share stories with each other and most likely include a bit of gossip during this time.
We also had a visit from a local therapy dog, who enjoyed being petted by the residents. It was nice to see that this visit brought back fond memories of old pets. Our furry friend will continue to visit every Wednesday morning.
As always we continued to welcome musical entertainment into the home, as singer Phil Anthony joined us for birthday celebrations.
Lakelands have added a workshop to their many entertainment rooms. The workshop, which has been called ‘Haile Hut’, named after a resident whose family donated the majority of the tools and wood. Residents have been showing off their DIY skills and creativity.
Final Goodbyes to Borough Park?
On the 7th May 2019, two residents—Noel Hodgson and Bobby Brown—and two staff members—Ian Telford and Shaun Campbell—visited Borough Park, the home ground of Workington AFC. Read more about their day by clicking here.