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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kat Claridge

My role at The Fernes is to offer activities for residents to enjoy, getting everyone involved and making our home community and atmosphere as positive and welcoming as possible.

I am going to be getting to know every one of the lovely people that live here personally, finding out their likes and dislikes, and making sure that there is always something for them to be doing. I want to focus on our care home being very much their home away from home, encouraging them to help make their own breakfast if they want to, helping to fold and put away their clothes - and even helping out in the garden tending to plants; day-to-day 'normal' things that they would otherwise do if they weren't living in care. This is their home, so I want it to be somewhere that they enjoy spending their time.

I come from a customer service background and I very much enjoy trying any and all hobbies, so my knowledge and experience will definitely help me in this job.

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 our home

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Wonderland came to The Fernes for our open day on Saturday 20th October. Staff dressed up as Alice and the Cheshire Cat and there was music from the Mad Hatter (aka Lacey-Love). Everyone enjoyed the music, as well as the yummy food, which the residents had helped to prepare. There were party games too, including 'Pin the grin on the Cheshire Cat' and a tea cup balance that was won by Janice, a volunteer at The Fernes, who runs 'Knit and Natter' every Wednesday morning.

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Memory Walk

Staff and their friends and family have been busy fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society recently by taking part in the Portsmouth 7.5km Memory Walk.

They have raised over £600 so far and did enjoy the walk, despite the pouring rain. The residents chipped in by creating the lovely sign that staff took with them on the day and carried throughout the walk.

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Dog Fair

Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together at The Fernes to enjoy a dog fair that was held in the home’s grounds on Saturday 25th August.

There was a great party atmosphere throughout the event with lots to do and see, including stalls from local pet retailer, Oscars, treat and accessory stalls from Storms Style and Pupcakes – and much more!

Staff at The Fernes made everyone feel welcome and residents were delighted to see all the delightful puppies and dogs playing and having fun. Visitors enjoyed plenty of fun and refreshments, of which the proceeds will go to their local RSPCA – the Stubbington Ark.

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Tropical House

Residents from The Fernes were delighted to visit Cumberland House in Portsmouth recently. They jumped aboard their minibus and headed off down the motorway to visit the wonders of the butterfly house, and were not disappointed!

Staff were there to welcome them as they arrived, and they headed straight for the tropical house, where there were a myriad of butterflies waiting to be found. The butterflies and long wings were all beautiful colours. Some had outstanding markings, like the one seen on the huge owl butterfly, which flew all around residents, through their legs and around the paths as everyone watched in awe.

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Beach Day

With the sun shining high in the sky, residents at The Fernes boarded the minibus and set a course for their nearest beach: Lee-on-the-Solent!

Residents were looking forward to getting out to the seaside to listen to the waves and watch the people playing in the sea, enjoying this very rare and wonderful British summer.

Residents even got their hands on some traditional Mr. Whippy 99s, with the choice of a flake as well, which went down a treat.

The residents all enjoyed their time out and remarked that it was a very relaxing and wonderful trip, and can’t wait for the next one!

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Friends & Family Day

Residents at The Fernes have had a blast celebrating International Friendship Day by hosting a 'Friends & Family BBQ'.

Residents honed their arts and crafts skills making handmade invitations to send far and wide, and created their very own special bunting for the day.

The day itself involved lots of special friends and family time, some yummy food prepared by the home's talented chefs and a fun arts & crafts session, where friendship bracelets were created as keepsakes.

There were smiles all round as staff, residents and family members were reminded of the importance of friends and family and how they can enrich your life.

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