Meet our Activities Coordinator, Zoe Freeman

I started at The Fernes in late 2020. I have never followed this career path before, but my previous job was working and entertaining on the cruise ships, so I have a passion for organising activities. I am looking forward to joining the team and creating wonderful memories

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

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Celebrating National Carers Week with our team

Residents wanted to thank all the wonderful staff at the home, whose hard work and dedication make a real difference to the lives of those living in their care.

Carers Week is an annual event to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face, and recognising the contribution they make to our residents, families and communities throughout the UK. The theme for Carers Week this year is ‘Making caring visible and valued’ - to shine a light on all those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to care for vulnerable people in our communities.

Staff were treated to afternoon tea with delicious cupcakes, all the team received thank you cards for CEO Pete Calverley and chocolates from Barchester Healthcare.

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Delicious Lunch for National Fish & Chip Day

We all enjoyed a very special fish and chip lunch, chef cooked and served in newspaper cones while some residents went out on the mini bus to the 'chippy' on the beach! everyone enjoyed a splendid Friday treat

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Forza Italia – residents celebrate Italian National Day!

Residents have been discovering all things Italiano in celebration of Festa della Republblica or Italian National Day, which took place on Wednesday 2nd June.  The date marks the official formation of the Republic of Italy after World War II.

Residents took part in Italian-themed activities throughout the day including with a pizza making masterclass, an Italian themed quiz and learnt some new Italian words from our resident Ivanna which everyone really enjoyed.  The favourite activity of the day however was a cheese and wine tasting led by Zoe, where residents tasted different Italian wines with their cheese.  

Ivanna, a resident at The Fernes commented: “Italy is the country of my birth and is the most wonderful place and it was so good to reminisce about my home. I loved sharing hometown memories of Italy with my friends, we have sipped the different Italian wines and trying them with different foods, and it has been a really enjoyable day.”

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Out in the sunshine!

Our garden was perfect for Gwen to meet meet up with her best friend this weekend, in the sunshine the courtyard looked colourful and they had a great catch up, residents are really enjoying the more relaxing visiting arrangements

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BloomingHaus Floristry Masterclass

Staff and residents were treated to an interactive virtual floristry masterclass courtesy of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus today. We gathered together flowers and foliage and followed Michal’s demonstration to create our own stunning displays.  All our arrangements will be entered into a Facebook competition judged by Michal and Michael to win Love2Shop vouchers. 

Keep your fingers crossed we are the winners!

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Birthday Celebrations!

Glasses of bubbly were raised in celebration for Betty's 95th birthday this week and everyone enjoyed a special birthday cake made by the homes head chef for the occasion.

Betty was surrounded by birthday cards as she spoke to her family who were able visit her indoors thanks to the new safe visiting protocols. With her family, daughter Jane and son in law Andrew it was certainly a lovely celebration as more designated visitors are visiting residents inside the home.

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Upcoming events

Nutrition and Hydration Week - 14th - 20th June

Residents will be celebrating every day with a different fresh taste & flavour from smoothies, fruit kebabs to flavoured water tasting

Ladies Day at Ascot - Thursday 17th June

Putting on our finest hats & outfits we will be watching the races or join the sing along with Bernie in memory lane

National Picnic Week - Wednesday 23 June

We are going to have a special picnic with a trip to Maxwell Zoo – a picnic in the garden for residents who want to stay closer to home

Armed Forces Day - Saturday 26th June

We will be joined by the amazing David Pepper, dressed in full uniform, for a live singing performance for residents 

Mini Bus outings - Every Wednesday

Our residents are invited to join weekly trips on our mini bus on Wednesday's, we ask for places they would love to see and visit, see our Facebook page for more details. 

Gentleman's Club - Friday at 1.30pm

On the last Friday of the month all our gentleman residents are invited to meet for like minded companionship and conversation led by Mark. 

Baking Master Class - Every Tuesday 2pm

Residents can choose to roll up their sleeves for our baking master class without having to go out into a tent for Mary Berry to judge their effort - we love a taste!

Weekly Trivia Quiz - every Tuesday 11am

Residents love a good quiz and competition is fierce between the teams, our staff do like to join in too! 

Book Club - Every Monday 2pm

Our weekly residents book club is a lively group activity, reading and discussing new and old favourites