Meet our Activities Coordinator, Debbie Webb
Hi, I’m Debbie the activities Co-Ordinator at Orchard House. I have worked here since June 2020 and absolutely love my role.
I was a Primary School Teacher for over 20 years and many of my skills have been transferrable to enable me to carry out my role. My main aim is to enrich the lives of our residents and to make them laugh and smile and every day. I also teach belly dance and write children’s books. I am a mother of 4 and a crazy cat lady.
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!
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Orchard House Care Home
Under the Sea
Residents from Orchard House were very excited to receive an amazing Knitted Aquarium, kindly donated by the charity, Embracing Age, coordinated by Rebecca Savage.
This is the first aquarium that the charity has created and at, Orchard House, we are thrilled to be the chosen recipients. As the name suggests, everything in it has been knitted by many volunteers for the charity from as far away as Australia.
There are also things that are not in the aquarium for the residents to engage with physically as well as visually to provide a more sensory experience for our Memory lane residents.
The Aloha State
Residents were very excited to take part in their wheelchair travel day to Hawaii.
Activities team, Debbie Webb and Keely Heald, dressed up in bright colours and wore grass skirts to help transport residents to Hawaii. Residents were welcomed with a traditional lei on 'arrival'. They then learned some interesting facts about Hawaii, such as, 320,000 tons of pineapples are grown each year. They watched a virtual tour of Hawaii and sipped drinks with tropical flavours, such as pineapple, coconut, lime and, of course, rum!
The kitchen joined in with the fun and created some Hawaiian pizzas, and Malibu flavoured mousses. Later that day, residents joined in with some hula dancing, not with their hips, as some might imagine, but by using their hands to tell a story.
On 'leaving' Hawaii, residents remarked that their day had been very exciting and they couldn’t wait until their next trip 'abroad'.
Residents at Orchard House Care enjoyed an afternoon of delights with a live music performance that took place at the home. Local female vocalist, Annie Daffern, performed a selection of classic hits.
After some worrisome weather reports, the afternoon was clear and sunny, allowing the outside performance to take place. Residents joined in with the singing, clapped along and even had a wiggle in their wheelchairs as Annie performed.
There’s nothing we like more here at Orchard House than celebrating birthdays with our residents. This month, we have had many birthdays and our Head Chef, Claire Daffern, has been baking like crazy to make each of them a personalised birthday cake.
The home held a surprise birthday party for Eileen and she was absolutely delighted with her cake.
Orchard House was full of doggy delights when the Pets as Therapy dog, Chelsea, was allowed back in the ome..
Residents were pleased to see a dog in the home and enjoyed interacting with her. Her owner, Audrey, is offering her time voluntarily every Tuesday afternoon to bring Chelsea, a golden retriever, to visit the residents.
International Pride Day
Orchard House organised a community project for International Pride Day, which took place on Monday 28th June. A call for rainbow coloured knitted squares was put out on the community Facebook page and the response was amazing from all over the Isle of Wight community and further afield.
The original idea was to create a rainbow made from the brightly knitted squares to hang outside the home. In reality, the response was so fantastic that there is a rainbow as planned, but also a rainbow knitted border along the fence, a tree completely wrapped in rainbow squares and the planters outside are also hailing their rainbow colours.
Pet therapy visit - Tuesday's at 2.30pm
We are delighted to welcome owner Audrey with Chelsea our pet therapy retriever every Tuesday to meet and spend time with residents.
Sunday Service - 3rd Sunday of the month
We are supported by the local church with a Sunday Service each month, on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Pre-Lunch drinks - Everyday at 12.15pm
We offer all our residents a fruit juice or aperitif during our drinks trolley service before lunch, in the lounge we have a short quiz or game as we enjoy our drinks
Every Monday - Music and Movement at 11.30am
Residents are encouraged to join our weekly stretch and exercise session in the lounge, its a great way to start the week!