Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Purdy

Hello, my name is Sarah and I have been working at West Abbey for over 7 years, with around 17 years’ experience in care. I am passionate about my role as we, the team and I see so many residents laugh and smile daily as we provide a wide range of activities. The home team describe me as the ‘queen of crafts’ as I love to create handmade gifts with residents and for my family.

Outside of work I’m a scout leader for St Michaels Cubs and Beavers, being a leader for over 8 years and received my ‘wood badge’ known as beads which I’m very proud of, I involve the groups with our residents as we want to promote intergenerational activity which the residents love.

Family time is very precious, with 4 children it’s a busy life, living locally to West Abbey I’m involved and have contacts with lots of community groups – reach out to me at West Abbey if we can work on projects or ideas together

Activities at West Abbey

Our Activities Coordinators are constantly striving to mentally and physically stimulate those we support by organising group and individual activities for anyone and everyone to participate in. There are regular outings in the minibus to nearby places of interest, as well as visits from the Donkey sanctuary, musicians and entertainers. We also host evenings such as our Cheese & Wine evenings and BBQ's in the summer, that we encourage relatives to come to. Activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, so it is essential that our team are dedicated to ensuring that residents are entertained. We encourage our residents to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can to ensure that life at West Abbey is fun and active for all.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at West Abbey Care Home

Afternoon sing a long

Sunshine and a good sing along is often the order of the day for the residents at West Abbey. Whether its in the beautiful gardens or one of the spacious lounges. Always lots of fun.

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Plant a Tree for the Jubilee

Such a fitting tribute on the Queens birthday to have the Mayor of Yeovil Join us. Evie spent the afternoon planting the apple tree, chatting to residents & telling stories of the history of the chain of office she wears around her neck. She played games on our interactive magic table & joined us all for afternoon tea in the garden, with homemade sweet treats made by our Head Chef Louis. We have promised the Mayor a homemade apple pie from the first batch of apples from the tree.


 

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Mother's Day

Our residents all joined in to kindly picked out the winners name today for the Mother Day Bouquet!  Everyone wanted to see the bouquet and have a photo with it as it really did bring summer into the home. On Sunday every lady received a lovely flowering plant from West Abbey with a heart message from the team and enjoyed a special afternoon tea party 

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Spring seed planting!

Here at West Abbey we thought we would make the best out of the sunshine so this morning we had coffee in the garden then after lunch we headed out to our ploy tunnel to plant some seeds, we have planted some cucumbers, sweet peas, and a wild flower mix, residents really do like to be out in the fresh air. 

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Music therapy at West Abbey!

Our Music Therapist Siska encourages residents to join in with musical instruments, creating sounds to mirror her drums - who can resist giving the tambourine a shake?

Scrabble competition!

Residents love a game of scrabble and its lovely to see a group so engaged in the game!

Did you know Scrabble was conceived during the Great Depression by an unemployed New York architect named Alfred Mosher Butts, who figured Americans could use a bit of distraction during the bleak economic times

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Upcoming events

Look us up on Facebook!

Our Facebook page is updated with photos and stories of daily life in our home! Take at look @Barchesterwestabbey