Meet our Activities Coordinator, May Kidner

My name is May and I am the Activity Coordinator for Waterside Court. I have a vast amount of experience delivering activities in care homes and also in working with children and younger adults living with learning disabilities. I am experienced with delivering activities for an array of interests and needs, including for those living with dementia; I am a Dementia Friend for the Alzheimer’s Society and have completed a range of Dementia Awareness courses.

I love working as an Activity Coordinator because I love seeing the smiles that activities can put on people’s faces. I’m a very enthusiastic and dedicated person and I am proud that this shows in my work.

My speciality is Arts & Crafts – I love to get creative and bring out the creativity in others. I look forward to working closely with residents and will treasure and value them as if they were my own family.

We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

Life at Waterside Court Care Home

V&A Dundee "Hello, Robot" Virtual Experience

We had an interesting virtual experience, courtesy of V&A Dundee. Their "Hello, Robot" talk explored the fascinating future of robots at work, at home and in the blurring boundaries between human and machine.

Residents also enjoyed getting creative with making our very own Waterside Court "robot"!

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International Chess Day

Waterside Court's Chess Club members enjoyed celebrating International Chess Day today - a great way to keep the mind active and engaged!

The Resident Experience

It's a lovely, sunny day and our Resident Ambassador is ready to welcome our newest lady to Waterside Court.

We know that moving into a home is a huge decision, so our Resident Ambassador, who has been through the journey herself, is the perfect person to meet and greet new residents.

We also like to practice the person-centred approach straight away. As this lady loves Baileys and Jelly Babies, we put together a little welcome package for her to make her feel more welcome.

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Working with Driving Miss Daisy, Didcot

We met with lovely representatives from Driving Miss Daisy (Didcot) today, whose companion drivers collect people from their door, drive them to their destination, provide whatever help they may require and take them safely back home.

Whilst Waterside Court has it's own minibus, services like this provide residents with further choice and flexibility, which is all part of the person-centred approach. An added bonus is that all of their companions are Dementia Friends, which works well alongside Waterside Court's aim to make Wallingford a Dementia Friendly Community.

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A day in the life of an internal inspector

Mr Morley, a resident at Waterside Court care home, has had a fascinating and fulfilling career, which included designing and building a local Golf Club and conducting safety checks to ensure compliance.

Upon moving into Waterside Court, Mr Morley told staff that he likes to be helpful and wants to continue utilising his skills when he moved in. The team subsequently create time for him to work with the Head of Maintenance, Matt Hanson. The two gentlemen now carry out safety checks and audits across the home together, including checking water temperatures and inspecting the condition of every bedroom in the home.

Mr Morley even identified that the dining room chairs sometimes made an unpleasant squeaking sound when moved against the floor. His solution was to add some felt pads to the bottom of the chairs, an idea that the team wholeheartedly supported by promptly ordering the pads in. Once the home received the pads, Mr Morley was delighted to assist Matt with fitting them to the chairs.

Lorraine Ball, General Manager at Waterside Court, said: “Our care is truly person-centred. We like to enable our residents and keep their lifestyle as active and as fulfilling as possible. It was lovely to learn about Mr Morley’s accomplished career and we immediately knew that he would benefit greatly from working with our Maintenance team.”

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Pre-dinner drinks

Residents enjoyed a delightful selection of nibbles and pre-dinner drinks in Benson Lounge this evening.

Activity Coordinator, May Kidner, said: "Tuesday's are our pamper days - our 'take it easy' days, which is what the residents decided. So what better way to enjoy an afternoon than to kick back in our comfortable lounge as we indulge in a selection of biscuits, sweets and chocolates whilst drinking some refreshing bubbles!"  

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