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 our home
Staff, residents and visitors have been casting their votes over the last 3 months for their winners in 8 categories: Lifetime Achievement, Barchester Values, Residents' safety, Behind the Scenes, Outstanding Team or Individual, Commitment to Learning, Unsung Hero and Ottley Award.
After the winners had been announced and present with certificate and prize, staff were then entertained by local singer, Paul Watkins. A great night was had by all.
Namaste Care Programme
For the past 3 years Barchester Healthcare’s Dementia Care Team along with staff at Hagley Place and Ottley House have been working with Worcester University (Association for Dementia Studies) undertaking research into the benefits of Namaste Care for those individuals living with advanced dementia.
Namaste Care is a structured daily programme focusing on the 5 main senses with an emphasis on therapeutic touch within a dedicated room which needs to provide a calming and relaxing ambience through lighting and aromas.
The research, which was funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, involved key staff being trained in Namaste Care Approaches, development/implementation of Namaste Care, ongoing support and evaluating the outcomes of Namaste Care.
The research findings concluded that there was a reduction in distress, improvements in quality of life and an increase in alertness, awareness, communication, fluid intake and weight gain for those residents who participated.
To celebrate the end of the research all involved within the programme were invited to Worcester University to share their success stories and discuss future plans for Namaste care provision within their workplace.
A huge thank you to the staff from Barchester who undertook this research and continue to enhance Dementia Care provision within their homes.
Tom Wenlock Entertains the Ottley
Tom Wenlock is an old favourite at Ottley House. He entertains regularly staff and residents with his songs from the 50s and 60s.
Talks with Richard Thomas
Staff and residents enjoy regular visits from Richard Thomas, who comes to the home to engage with the residents. Together they discuss a variety of topics such as HM Prison Shrewsbury, railways, American history and the battle of Shrewsbury.
National Citizens Service
The National Citizens Service came to visit our residents. They spent the last few months fund raising by hosting car washes, boot sales etc. and with the money raised they went out and bought little thoughtful gifts for all our residents.
In each box were items such as note pads and pens, photo frames, soaps and keepsakes. They back again to help get our sensory garden up and running.