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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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Incredible Eggs

Something wonderful has come to the residents at The Fernes; they have got to experience the joys of bringing new life into the world in the form of tiny yellow ducklings, all thanks to Incredible Eggs!

They arrived in their perfectly white eggs on Monday 24th March, ready to hatch. By Thursday, there were three tiny, yellow, fluffy ducklings, who were joined by two more on Friday!

The residents have all been interacting with the ducklings and working together to name them, so we put names into a hat and pulled 5 out.

The lucky winning names were: Millie, Amber, Dewy, Penelope and the aptly named Quack Quack. They are thoroughly enjoying making a wonderful mess, much to the residents' delight! 

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We are proud to announce that we have won a award! We have been named as one of the top 20 care homes in South East England for 2018. Well done to everyone who made this possible! Please click here to view the list of winners.

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Food, Fun & Feels at The Fernes

February is nearly over, and boy has it been a busy one here at The Fernes! We loved watching the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics and have been watching a very wintery Frozen Planet for our Movie Mondays.

We enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day and made gifts for our loved ones and each other. We made photo frames, postcards and letters and did some flower arranging with gorgeous red roses and tulips for our table centre pieces. We also made some little heart cakes too, which were really yummy!

We also celebrated Pancake Day and did lots of flipping, giving everyone the chance to customise their own pancake with a choice of the traditional lemon and sugar, different flavours of syrups and whipped cream. They went down a treat and the residents had a brilliant time too!

Another celebration was National Pizza day. We topped our own pizzas and shared them throughout the home for dinner. They were super scrumptious and brilliant fun to make!

We are looking forward to March, and will be welcoming some little ducklings into the world for Easter. They arrive on 26th March and will leave us around a week later, after we have watched them hatch and make their first quacks!

If you would like to know more about activities here at The Fernes, please do not hesitate to contact us and talk to Kat or Sophie on the Lifestyle & Activities Team.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Residents, visitors and staff all had a wonderful time at our Macmillan Coffee Morning. There were lots of cakes, biscuits, teas and coffees available as we tried to raise money for a fantastic charity. In the end we managed to raise an incredible £237! Thank you to all who attended the morning.

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1 Year Anniversary

We had a wonderful time celebrating our 1st birthday here at the Fernes! The champagne was flowing as residents, visitors and staff discussed all the wonderful things that have happened in the home over the last year. The wonderful Betsy performed her 'Musical Memory' show for everyone in attendance and the General Manager made a speech to all as well. Here's to the next year!

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Care Home Open Day

The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Geoff Fazackarley, and the Mayoress, Tina Fazackarley, came along to our Open Day and met with guests, residents and staff at The Fernes. Residents thoroughly enjoyed the 1950’s atmosphere created at the home by staff dressing up, and many of them danced the afternoon away to familiar '50s and '60s music.

Staff and residents, who are always keen to do their bit for charity, were also celebrating Fundraising Week and invited their Care Home Open Day guests to get involved with the great bake off, raffle & tombola. We managed to raise £110 in total for Barchester's Charitable Foundation.

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Upcoming events

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Book Club

Our book club will be held on 4th, 8th, 16th May, then every Tuesday at 11:00am from this date onwards. Come along to discuss any books that you've been reading lately. To reserve your place, please call 01329 443600.

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Movie Matinee Club

Our Movie Matinee Club commences on 3rd April from 2:00pm and will then continue every other Monday after that. Traditional popcorn and sweets will be available, along with plenty of beverages.

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