Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rachel Anderson
My name is Rachel, I have worked in Care Industry for 20 years and I have had various roles within the industry. I have now found a role in which I am very passionate about.
I started at The Fernes in February 2019, and I knew from day one, I had found the perfect role and environment to work in.
I am passionate about making every day here an enjoyable experience for everyone. I particularly enjoy talking and getting to know everyone. I am a very driven individual and like to plan each activity with my colleagues to ensure everyone’s needs are adhered to.
I am a very happy and bubbly person and love my job. I am here to have fun and succeed in my new role.
Activities at the Fernes
At The Fernes we endeavour to make our care as personal as possible, including when it comes to activities. We will give you a 'Getting to Know Me' booklet for you to fill out with your loved one before they arrive, which includes a little life history and a tick sheet for a vast amount of activities. This enables us to offer the activities we know they will enjoy and enables us to learn valuable information about their lives and what might stimulate them in conversations and trips.
Our specialist Activities and Lifestyle staff make sure there are always meaningful activities to take part in, such as helping in the garden, baking some bread to have with our dinner, and trips out to various locations nearby such as the beach and the garden centres. Residents are encouraged to take part, but it is always the resident’s choice to participate or not as we believe that having choice is very important to help our residents feel in control of their lives. There are activities on offer every day (and night for those night owls) in the form of word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, arts and crafts, needle crafts and board games to name a few. We have entertainment that is organised at least twice a month such as Music for Health, Zoolab or musicians, and also have a wonderful Yoga instructor who comes every other week.
Activities are provided by everyone in our home from carers and specialised activities staff, right through to our admin team. If there is a task that needs doing and a resident would like to do it, such as sealing envelopes and putting stamps on or handing out popcorn for our Movie Mondays, they are very welcome to help out which enables us to give them a better feeling of purpose and self-worth.
We are a registered member of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), which means that we are always working to make the quality of life of all of our residents as high as possible by working with person-centred activities that aim to stimulate our residents, both mentally and physically.
Life at The Fernes Care Home
Christmas has officially arrived at The Fernes; our favourite time of the year, when we get to decorate the gingerbread houses. We all eat more sweets than we put on the house, but that’s what Christmas is all about—indulge and enjoy!
Christmas Jumper Day
We look forward to this day each year, as we collect money for a local charity, and this year it was Rowans Hospice. All monies collected will be sent to the very worthwhile charity. Even the residents got involved, as you can see from the fabulous picture.
We love Christmas here at The Fernes; it’s such a wonderful time of the year! Even more so, as we get to decorate the whole home with 11 Christmas trees and bring all the corridors alive with sparkles and glitter, and reminisce about the Christmases gone by.
We celebrated the 5th November the best way by all together shaking out sparklers and creating magic, which was followed by some spiked hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows. Always a hit here at The Fernes!
Strictly Come Dancing is a favourite here at The Fernes, and watching it on the big screen together with a few cheeky nibbles is how we like to spend our Sunday afternoons, watching them twirl around the dance floor.
There is no better way to celebrate the month of October than with carving our very own pumpkins. We not only decorated the whole home, decorated Halloween cookies, but our residents actually got involved and made their own pumpkin creations!