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
Welcoming Back Visitors
Tandridge Heights welcomed our first in-room visits. Residents are now able to have one designated family member or friend to visit in their rooms regularly. It was so lovely to see the reunions between our residents and their loved ones. It really has brought a buzz back to the home and lifted everyone’s spirits.
We celebrated Mother’s Day with afternoon tea. Residents enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, mini quiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam. We also raised a glass to our mums, daughters, granddaughters, aunties, friends and all the other mother figures in our lives.
International Women's Day
Tandridge Heights celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March with a live virtual talk from the Historic Environment Scotland on women and their roles in the wars of independence.
We also enjoyed a talk and discussion about inspirational women, which was written by resident, Pauline. We celebrated lots of women, including Margaret Thatcher, Florence Nightingale and Mother Teresa, as well as our sisters, mothers, daughters and colleagues.
A great day was had by all!
Tandridge Heights is lucky enough to have 3 married couples, so we celebrated with a romantic meal for our couples and a themed meal for all other residents.
All residents were given a beautifully wrapped rose, chocolates, a Valentine’s card and a knitted heart. The knitted hearts were kindly donated to us by a local charity. We also asked our residents for any love advice they had for younger generations. Some of the responses were lovely and some were quite funny.
A lovely day was had by both residents and staff.
Tandridge Heights celebrated Pancake Day by making and serving our residents some yummy pancakes. They had a choice of toppings, including maple syrup, honey, Nutella and fruit, but the favourite by far was lemon and sugar. Some residents even had a go at flipping their pancakes. This was a fun day that brought back happy memories for our residents.
Our resident ambassador, Pauline Davies, has been selected to write a regular column in a local parish magazine. She has started off by writing about life at Tandridge Heights and her transition from living independently to living in a care home.
Pauline has said: "The carers have a demanding role to play and most work from 8am through to 8pm; it is a challenging job and not one which I could have taken on. I am encouraged to stay as active as possible by taking exercise, doing puzzles, memory games and listening to music. We all have our own room with toilet and washing facilities and access to TV.
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!