Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lynne Hiddleston
I have come to Strachan House as the Head of Activities and bring with me 9 years’ experience within the same field. I am fortunate to work in such an amazing environment with all the facilities that allow our team to offer residents a varied activities programme that enhances their lifestyle and well-being.
Activities at our home
Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.
Life at Strachan House Care Home
Books donated to the home
Residents and staff at Strachan House were recently overjoyed to receive dementia friendly painting books from a local lady called Hannah who works for a company called Usborne books. Hannah used her commission and her bonus to buy these books for the residents.
The gift of dementia friendly painting books and story books were fabulous and a gesture which Residents will enjoy as part of their regular arts and craft sessions. Colleagues also received personal discount cards for the store.
National Cream Tea Day
Strachan House care home in Edinburgh brewed up a storm for National Cream Tea day on the 26th June. Finally putting an end to the controversial debate of cream before jam for the Cornish tradition or jam before cream as part of the Devonshire tradition, Strachan House enjoyed homemade scones both ways with a fes-tea-val of herbal and classic teas.
Residents at the home enjoyed a selection of sweet and savoury treats including cucumber sandwiches, chef’s fabulous homemade tiffin, donuts and a choice of different teas Lockdown has allowed residents to use their creativi-tea to become tech savvy, and as such family and friends were able to join the par-tea, via video call.
Fun in the sun
We’ve been able to relax in our beautiful gardens and take advantage of the glorious weather this week here at Strachan House. Everyone chatted about how much better we felt after a breath of fresh air and being able to feel the sun on our faces and check in with the progress of our colourful garden. Our sunny afternoon was topped off with a surprise visit from our friend the deer. Although with her finding the greenery very tasty I don’t think gardener Ian was as delighted as we were!
Residents and colleagues at Strachan House were delighted to answer the door to accept a special delivery from their local taxi firm, Edinburgh City Private Hire Ltd, who have been dropping off some healthy pick-me-ups for the past few weeks!
The bags were filled with delicious fresh fruit for everyone to enjoy and in recognition of the home's hard working, dedicated team supporting residents during this difficult period.
On behalf of Strachan, residents and colleagues would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and well.
Posters of Hope
Helen Yousaf is an artist and Minister from Romford and she has been creating encouraging posters and sending them to frontline workers across the country. Strachan House received “Posters of Hope” last week and we love them. We really enjoyed picking out our favourites and putting them up on display. Every Poster of Hope is unique and we feel very lucky to have these beautiful pieces in our home, bringing a smile to everyone who sees them. Thank you from all of us.
The lovely team at Poundland in Leith together with the community have surprised us here at Strachan with a gift of goodies to all of our staff in a show of appreciation of our care and support to residents during these difficult times. We’re all delighted with our treats and know you’re all working hard so we’re really grateful to you for thinking of us.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and delicious cake.