Meet our Activities Coordinator, Cath Smallman
Hi, I'm Cath, the Activities Coordinator here at Ottley House. My days are spent making sure that the residents in the home have an interesting and active social programme to enjoy each day. Residents individual preferences are considered all the time in a person centred approach and I welcome feedback from families too.
Activities at Ottley House
At Ottley House, we offer a person-centred activities programme, and aim to match residents' abilities and interests with meaningful activities of the correct degree of challenge that promotes their health and well-being. We also provide visual, tactile, audible and olfactory sensory experiences. There are weekly music/movement therapy sessions, 'Oomph' sessions, and arts & crafts classes to help improve, maintain and refine motor skills. We enjoy regular visits from entertainers, musicians and animal therapists, as well as pub nights, 'food from around the world' days, and minibus outings to places of interest.
Life at Ottley House Care Home
Last Night of the Proms
Residents had spent a couple of happy afternoons making masquerade masks ready to wear whilst watching Last Night of the Proms on TV. They sat with a glass of bubbly and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Remembering World War 2
There are many residents that remember hearing the news that “we are at war with Germany”. They shared their different experiences of life during those 6 years, sharing stories of the good times and bad times, but all agreed it was a great time of community spirit.
From Pod to Pan
Our allotment is going from strength-to-strength. The gardening club went out and picked ripe pods off our bean stalks, sat together and peeled them ready for the kitchen team to cook for lunch.
Ron and Rachel have just celebrated 60 years of marriage. The hospitality team baked a beautiful cake for them and the activity team decorated the room with 'congratulations' banners and balloons
We have our own allotment at Ottley House and we have just made a delicious crumble out of our strawberries and rhubarb harvest.
Residents are very involved from start to finish in what we grow, joining in with our weekly gardening club – it is very much a team effort!
Divisional Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to Philip Titley, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards. Philip is a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category, and has been invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony on 8th October, where he will find out if he has won overall.