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
Free pizza delivered today by Shrewsbury’s Battlefield Dominos as a thank you to dedicated key workers for what they do day-to-day. There was certainly enough to go round for everyone to have a tasty slice.
The Dunelm store in Telford have kindly donated wash bags to staff and residents. It’s lovely that businesses are offering their support, especially as they too have been hit hard by the lockdown. It truly is a challenging time for all. We are humbled by their kindness.
Messages of Kindness
We would like to say a big thank you to the children of Mount Pleasant Primary School who spent an afternoon drawing beautiful rainbows and writing letters. They then sent them to the residents to help cheer them up, as many are missing the regular visits they have from family. The pictures are being displayed around the home and making everyone smile.
There was plenty of fun and laughter, as we celebrated Pancake Day. Our kitchen staff made a mountain of pancakes for us to try, with lots of fillings, both sweet and savoury. We made sure to save some to show off our tossing skills!
Ottley House celebrated Valentine’s Day by presenting each resident with a rose and a chocolate heart. Two student nurses on placement from Glyndwr University, were also here to help share the day of love.
Ottley House is ready for Christmas with festive decorations, put up by our activity team and residents, who enjoyed the activity by singing Christmas songs, eating warm gingerbread men and drinking hot chocolate.