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
Christmas Gift Donations
Christmas has come early for residents at our home in Fareham thanks to a gift donation scheme from doctors at Queen Alexandra hospital.
A team of five doctors have been handing out hundreds of gifts to care home residents across the area, with more than 20 residents at the the Fernes care home, in 6 Samuel Mortimer Close, received the gifts donated on Saturday.
The project began in 2016, with last year seeing 300 presents being given by 'Christmas elves' from the hospital in Portsmouth - and they are on track to almost double the number this year, according to founder Dr Ellie Reed.
The doctor, who specialised in elderly care, said: 'We have had pledges of 500 gifts, and plan to go to 20 homes in total.
Fernes resident Peggy Richardson said she was 'so surprised’ by her gift - which she is saving for Christmas day. She said: 'It's a really nice idea - anything is welcome'.
Earlier in the year, The Fernes helped tackle loneliness by inviting Year Six pupils from St Columba Church of England Primary Academy, in Tewkesbury Avenue, Fareham, to take part in activities ranging from scarecrow making to vegetable planting with their older residents.
Keydell Nurseries Visit
Staff and residents get in the Christmas spirit, we started the Christmas festivities with a visit to Keydell Nursery, we had a wonderful time, the lights and decorations made us all smile and reminisce about Christmases gone by……it was such a popular trip we did it over two days, so that we could take as many as possible, and also have another trip planned!
We had such fun we met Father Christmas and all his helpers, and even got to meet Rudolph! It got our Christmas off to a great start!
We had a fabulous Bonfire party, we invited families and residents to join us here at the Fernes for a fun filled evening. We all came together at 6pm, where we enjoyed luxury hot chocolates and the odd gin and tonic, hot dogs and toffee apples for supper.
The wonderful singer Em Louise entertained us with her amazing vocals. It was a really lovely evening, most of our residents joined us, we had sparklers at 7.30pm even if it was raining it didn’t dampen our spirits.
We all danced and sang the night away, with a lot of our residents enjoying a dance with the staff. We had a wonderful time.
Angji’s Art Club
Here at The Fernes we have started a new club, with our Home Administrator, Angji Carr, Angji is very talented when it comes to arts and crafts, so we decided what better person to run our new arts and crafts club!
The club is held every Tuesday afternoon and every week is a different theme, the residents have had a go at Decoupage, pumpkin carving, poppy making and various other crafts, they are all looking forward to the up and coming weeks with the Christmas theme in mind.
Our residents are loving it, it’s also a lovely chance for everyone to get together for coffee and a natter.
Fish & Chip Night
Residents, families, friends and staff tucked into some good ol chip shop grub during our general knowledge quiz in September. The winning team from the last quiz night struck again with the highest scores and won a fabulous prize!
One of our residents mentioned what a success the evening was and what a fantastic turn out we had. Highlands Fish & Chip Shop couldn’t have delivered any better! They cooked up 46 portions of delicious cod for everyone to indulge in, along with chips, sauces—and even threw in some pickled eggs.
It was a massive delight and we are very much looking forward to hosting this event again in the near future.
Isle of Wight Trip
We had a wonderful trip to the Isle of Wight with three of our gentlemen residents. We boarded the minibus in the morning and travelled across on the Wightlink ferry.
Our first port of call was the Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre, where the owner had kindly donated tickets for us to go and see all the birds of prey and watch a fabulous bird show. The highlight of this was Ernie holding a vulture. He said he didn’t realise how heavy they were.
Back on the bus, we got and went to one of our fellow Barchester’ homes Orchard House, where they put on a magnificent spread for our lunch, which was a much-needed break for a coffee. We would like to thank Orchard House for their hospitality; we had a lovely lunch.
Back home, the gentlemen said what an absolutely wonderful day they had, and expressed it was the nicest thing they had done for a long time!