Meet our Activities Coordinators, Lorraine and Ben

Lorraine and Ben are the activities team at Plas Y Dderwen, they understand that activities coordinators play a central role in delivering purposeful activities that stimulate residents and improve their wellbeing. Key to this is the belief that all activities must be purposeful and catered to the individual, activity are important for all residents and particularly for those people living with dementia.

Our activities team plan out their activities to get the most out of a person’s abilities whilst also encouraging them to try new experiences.

Activities at Plas-Y-Dderwen

At Plas-Y-Dderwen Care Home, our Lifestyle/Activities staff endeavour to provide a wide range of activities that suit all residents' physical and mental needs. There are regular minibus trips to nearby places of interest, including visits to local beaches and shows. We also have a film club, gentlemen's club, arts and crafts club, with musical entertainment once a week. Activities are very important to the staff of Plas-Y-Dderwen, making the home a fun and active place for all the residents who live here.

Life at Plas-Y-Dderwen Care Home

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Valentine's Day

Over the Week leading up to Valentine's Day, we chose to follow the theme of love. Every activity was based around love to get the residents ready for the special day. Valentine’s Day itself was a lovely day with music and a few drinks.

Christmas Spirit

To help get the residents into the Christmas spirit this year, we are having mince pies and an aperitif of our choice. It is now quite a familiar sight to see our residents watching a Christmas film together with a glass in one hand and a mince pie in the other.   

Our New Visiting Pod

The pod opening was a fantastic day and we were lucky to be joined by some of the friends and families of Plas-Y-Dderwen.

Carmarthen’s own Mayor, Gareth John, oversaw the official opening day by cutting the ribbon and welcoming one of our residents and his wife as our first official visitors.

The loving couple, who had only been able to visit each other through the window for a number of months, were both over-joyed to be together again in the warmth and comfort of the pod.

Barchester has put in place plans to have these pods in as many as their homes as possible, and we are overjoyed to have been given the opportunity to provide this for our residents.

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Remembrance Sunday

Residents at Plas-Y-Dderwen took great pride in making poppies and other decorative displays throughout the home as part of showing our appreciation for the heroic actions of our armed forces. The atmosphere on the day was wonderful as we all came together to watch the service at St David’s Cathedral.

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Children in Need

As we all know, Children in Need is a time for the country to come together to help the youngest generation. As we are a home of people’s grandparents, they all jumped at the chance to wear their pyjamas all day, paint their faces, tell a cheeky joke or even cheer on our daredevil support staff as they raced down the corridors of Plas-Y-Dderwen in our charity sack race. All proceeds from our Children In Need event will be donated to the charity, along with any other donations given to the home.

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Remembrance Day

Residents at Plas-Y-Dderwen in Johnstown took great pride in making poppies and other decorative displays throughout the home as part of showing our appreciation for the heroic actions of our armed forces this remembrance.