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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Louise Paton

I joined the team at Ochil in January 2015 and feel very strongly that a unique approach to the needs and desire of each resident is essential. I enjoy working closely with family and friends, and more importantly, the residents themselves, from the moment they arrive at Ochil. I further encourage involvement within the community, schools, nurseries and with local artists and entertainers. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Ochil and find it very rewarding.

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

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Caring About Physical Activity

Care About Physical Activity (CAPA) is an improvement programme led by the Care Inspectorate to help older people in care to be more mobile. It's about the little things, like encouraging them to post their own letters or walk up the stairs instead of using the lift. It’s about staff, people who need support and their friends and families working together to improve health, well-being and mobility. It’s about making things easier so that people can do things for themselves. 

Activities Coordinator, Louise Patton, has worked very hard to assist residents here at Ochil with improving their mobility. We have strength and balance exercises, static cycling, armchair exercises and much more. This hard work has resulted in positive outcomes for residents and has been recognised by CAPA.

Over 120 care services took part in the 18 month project, which came to an end in October 2018. Over 80 care services made applications for 5 CAPA awards, with Ochil winning the 'Opportunity to Move More' group category.

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Dog Show

The annual dog show took place at Ochil on Thursday 25th October 2018. The event was well-supported and enjoyed by residents and relatives alike. A raffle was held, which raised £160 for the Perthshire Abandoned Dog Society.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

A coffee morning and a bake sale was held at Ochil on Monday 1st October. A lovely day was had by all and £115 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pictured is Activities Coordinator, Louise Paton, presenting a cheque to Madeline Gillan, a representative of the charity.

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It's a 10 for Gina!

Congratulations to Gina Pane, who recently received her 10 year Long Service Award here at Ochil. Well done!

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Perth Mums & Babies

Residents here at Ochil had a wonderful visit today from Perth Mums & Babies Group, trialling an idea entitled 'The Golden Years', which brings together different generations, with the purpose being to allow interaction in a natural, relaxed way.

Mums and residents chatted away and residents could play with toys and reads books to the little ones if they wanted to. This was a lovely experience for all involved!

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Farewell, Tam!

Tam Kettles, Head of Maintenance, has retired after almost 10 years of service at Ochil.

Tam was a popular figure in the home, who worked extremely hard to keep the home, residents, visitors and fellow staff members safe. 

A surprise party was held for Tam on Friday 20th July, where he was presented with cards and various gifts. A huge thank you to Tam for all of his hard work and support over the last 10 years.

We wish Tam a happy healthy retirement and a warm welcome to Eddie as our new Head of Maintenance

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