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

The Magic Table

Ottley House has recently brought a bit of magic to residents by introducing the Magic Table 360.

Provided in partnership with Social-Ability, and 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 well-being 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.

The benefits of the Magic Table 360 have shown to improve mood and behaviours especially across the mid-to-late stages of dementia, greater physical, social and cognitive activity, reduction in withdrawn-like symptoms, weight gain and positive impacts on relationships with care staff, friends and family.

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St David's Day

Ottley House celebrated St. David’s Day on 1st March. Being so close to the Welsh border, we have many residents with strong Welsh connections. Both residents in this photo were born in Llandudno.

Basket Weaving

An afternoon spent basket weaving; this is a great way to keep the fingers nimble and the finished article is useful to keep little odds and ends in and looks great on a bedside table.


Getting Creative

To help brighten up the home, we have designed and decorated beautiful wind chimes. Residents have said that the gentle chiming they hear when the wind blows is quite therapeutic.

The Vaccine Arrives

We are pleased to announce that Ottley House staff and residents have received their 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Christmas Day

Everyone had an amazing day this Christmas, starting off with the opening of presents and later being served a lovely traditional Christmas lunch.