Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
I arrange meaningful activities for all of our residents based on their likes and interests. I love sharing fun times with our residents, their families and with staff. I thoroughly enjoy chatting with residents about their hobbies/interests as well as reminiscing in small groups.
Our activities extend beyond the home with trips to places of interest, places residents have enjoyed throughout their lives eg. Seaside, parks, garden centers, as well as craft/ art workshops at libraries and general interest talks around the area.
Read our brochure 'Life-enriching activities' for more information about life in our care homes.
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at South Chowdene Care Home
Christmas Fete brings community together!
Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together on November 26th at South Chowdene Care home in Low Fell to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Fete.
There were all kinds of stalls on offer manned by volunteers, friends and family and lots of local stall holders came along to sell their wares too. There were delicious Mince Pies and Hot Chocolate, lovely craft items, fabulous knitwear as well as Annie the Labrador and Mandy and Grace her owners from Wag and Co. who are our regular pet therapy visitors.
Residents, staff and visitors also had a good sing along and dance to live entertainment from Paul Gowland one of our regular entertainers.
After a very funny afternoon singing traditional campfire songs and reminiscing around campfire experiences an extremely special visitor arrived to thank us for the birthday card residents had made for her. Annie turned 13 on Bonfire day and we were honoured to be one of her visits on her trip out for the day. Unfortunately she missed the goodies residents had made for the bonfire event. The vegan gingerbread and Spiced toffee apple cake had long gone by the time she arrived.
It certainly was a happy Halloween at South Chowdene with treats galore and fantastic entertainment from Alan Cutler who made everyone balloon animals or hats, sand, did impressions but most of all had absolutely everyone in the room singing along, dancing, foot tapping and having a huge laugh. Violet really enjoyed being the ‘Lady of Laguna’ and residents had their rhythmic skills put to the test as they became the percussion section of the ‘Big Band’. Refreshments were aplenty with everyone enjoying the Spooky Mocktails some of our residents made earlier in the day.
Continuing our love and knowledge of animals
We were very lucky to have Eva bring her Giant African snails to show us along with friend Ellie to help out. As ever, animals of this sort brought many facial expressions and there was a lot of amazement at how big they are despite only being 2 months old! We are hoping to see them again when they are fully grown to experience the adult hand sized molluscs. Residents were quite astounded as we learnt about ‘Mike and Mollie’s’ feeding habits, care required and habitat as well as having to be very gentle as their shells still aren’t hard and can easily be damaged.
Supporting Alzheimer’s day
Staff and residents donned purple in recognition of Alzheimer’s day. We had a look at what this terrible disease is as well as what we can do to help prevent onset. Residents have been choreographing and practising a new ‘Pom dance’ to ‘Thank you for being a friend’ to exercise body, brain and coordination and today was performance time! There were some excellent scores in a general knowledge quiz and the afternoon saw a very competitive ‘Tissue tennis’ tournament keeping the lightning reactions in tip top condition. Our lovely volunteer Jayne brought us matching purple prizes to complete the day.
Apple day saw us on another learning curve as we celebrated one of our native staples and found out about the thousands of varieties from home and away! There was a ‘Name that apple’ quiz for residents, visitors and staff during the morning and a factfile and apple tasting with a different quiz during the afternoon. Amongst all this, residents made ‘Apple Pie slices’ with Janice keeping us right as ever with the recipe whilst we reminisced around favourite apple recipes and uses. These were ready by the end of the second quiz – a well-deserved delicious refreshment to go with a cuppa. As ever our fantastic hospitality team got on board and served up a delicious apple crumble with lovely creamy custard at lunchtime.
Countdown to Christmas
Take a look at all of the wonderful festive events and activities throughout December. Please feel free to join our celebrations. Contacts us for more information.