Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kelly Sherwin
I started at Tandridge Heights in 2020. Previous to this, I have been working as a carer sine 2010, which has helped me to understand the needs, wants and the individuality of all of our residents.
My main responsibility is provide a varied and engaging activities schedule every day for our residents; this helps to keep them involved in social and uplifting activities. We love to have parties to celebrate birthdays, national days and special occasions.
Activities at Tandridge Heights
Our qualified and dedicated activities staff plan and implement all activities within the home. We try our best to arrange activities that reflect our residents interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can. We try to keep our residents active and happy.
Our activities include trips to garden centres, pubs, the cinema or the local theatre. We have many fun games like carpet bowls, Play Your Cards Right or armchair exercises. There are many musical events, singalongs, garden parties and tea parties for everyone to enjoy as well!
Life at Tandridge Heights Care Home
Tandridge Heights celebrated Carers Week with lots of fun, games and treats. Carers were treated to yummy doughnuts, and we had an amazing treat of different flavoured pizzas that were kindly donated by Cucina’s Italian restaurant in Oxted.
World Bee Day
There was a buzz in the air at Tandridge Heights on 20th May, as we celebrated World Bee Day. Residents were lucky enough to have a live talk and demonstration from Steve Riley, who runs the Westerham Beekeepers Association.
We learned about why the bees are vital to a healthy environment and healthy economy. We also found out how we can help the bees and we thought it would be a lovely idea to get a bee hotel for our garden.
In the afternoon, we had a tasting session with the honey that Steve had provided. The residents thought it tasted delicious!
International Nurses' Day
Tandridge Heights honoured our wonderful nurses on International Nurses' Day by holding a thank you ceremony with residents and other staff. Nurses were given a box of chocolates, a certificate and a big round of applause for all of their hard work.
At Tandridge Heights, our nurses and staff are hardworking, dedicated and passionate about caring for others, and that compassion and commitment has shone through even more over the past year.
We also wanted to say thank you to nurses working tirelessly in local hospitals, so we delivered bags of treats and goodies to two nearby hospitals.
VE Day Celebrations
Tandridge Heights celebrated VE Day with a big party. We decorated the home with Union Jacks and lots of bunting. We had a staff fancy dress and a street party buffet style lunch.
Our residents had a big VE Day parade, and 2 minutes silence in the morning, and in the afternoon, we watched Winston Churchill’s famous speech before enjoying a live singer in our garden in the afternoon.
St George's Day
We watched traditional Morris dancers on YouTube, played games, such as 'pin the tail on the dragon'; there was a virtual pub visit with Pimm’s and lemonade and we enjoyed a traditional roast beef. A great day was had by all of us!
World Circus Day
Residents and staff celebrated World Circus Day with lots of fun, games and yummy treats. We decorated the entire home, dressed up as circus characters, learnt to juggle and played some fun games.
We had a candy floss machine, cakes and a sweet cart, but the highlight of the day was a visit from the ice cream man. The residents loved going outside to order and collect their Mr. Whippy ice creams.
We know the importance of supporting our local community and hold monthly groups, specifically for those living with dementia or caring for a loved one.
Our PAT dog will be joining us every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – everyone is welcome!