Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kay Vevers
Hi, my name is Kay and I am one of the Activities Coordinators here at Westergate House.
I have worked in the care setting for over 30 years. I started as a healthcare assistant and then progressed to Senior Carer and Team Leader. After twenty years of enjoying all aspects of the role, I was encouraged to train as an Activities Coordinator and gained a NAPA qualification. This then lead me to be promoted to Activities Team Leader a year before joining Westergate House.
I find activities to be an exciting job role. I love learning about the residents life history and planning activities to suit all the residents' different needs.
On a personal note, I love music and singing and reading about Tudor history. My claim to fame is, when I was when at school. I was chosen as part of the cast of ‘Carmen’ and I sang as understudy at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The cast was then invited on to Blue Peter to sing our song. This was quite an experience for a 14 year old, and I have loved music and singing ever since, and use every opportunity to bring music and singing into the weekly programme while still including a full variety of meaningful activities.
Activities at our home
Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.
Life at Westergate House Care Home
Winnie Turns 100
Celebrations have been in full swing at Westergate, as one of its residents reached her centenary in style.
Winnie was born in Belgium before coming to England, age seven, and, in later years, joined the army, where she met her husband, and they had many happy years together.
Winnie is now enjoying a new chapter of her life here at Westergate House. Winnie was joined by staff and other residents as she received a telegram from the Queen in recognition of her landmark birthday.
Family member’s Skyped in on the day to wish her happy birthday. As part of her special day, we had a 1920s quiz, some of which was spoken in French, as Winnie is fluent in the language. This was followed by a traditional Belgium lunch of mussels and chips and an afternoon vintage tea party with a champagne reception. Guests enjoyed a lovely cream and strawberry 100th birthday cake, which was made by the home’s Head Chef.
Winnie received over 60 cards from family, friends and staff, and even had a request read out on the local radio.
Harvest Festival Celebrations
Residents and staff members at Westergate House Care Home will celebrate the Harvest Festival by donating ‘Golden Food Hamper’s’ to a local charity for the homeless.
The occasion will also be marked at Westergate House with a Harvest Festival service and discussions of what harvest festival means to our staff and residents, which really helps everyone at the home get into the spirit of the festival.
The Harvest Festival is a celebration of food grown on land and, traditionally, a time for families and communities to get together and bring food to the less fortunate. It dates back to the fifth century, where it was common for the harvest season to be celebrated with a huge feast – and from then the tradition grew and evolved.
Paul Middleton, General Manager at Westergate House Care Home, said: “Staff, residents, and friends from the local community are donating to the Golden harvest hamper’s, which will be sent to Stonepillow, the homeless charity, donations are being collected now
One resident commented on the celebrations, saying: “It is really nice helping our local community. We are decorating the hampers gold so they present well to the charity’.
We are welcoming new residents into our homes to ensure that we are there for those that need care and support, and have a very clear admission policy and infection control protocols that must be met. Please do give us a call on 01243 544744 if you are looking for care or need any further help.
Celebrating National Fish and Chip Day
Olive and the Residents at Westergate House celebrated National Fish and Chip Day by enjoying a traditional fish and chip lunch this was
followed by quiz time and reminiscence afternoon which brought back childhood memories of family holidays by the sea with fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.
Just the smell of Fish and Chips being served made everyone’s mouth water.
Monthly Art Group
The residents at Westergate House spent a lovely sunny afternoon doing some of their favourite hobbies which include painting and drawing in our monthly art group.
What could be a better way to spend an relaxing afternoon with the addition of tea and homemade cakes from our chefs.
Our Beautiful Rooms
‘We are so lucky to have such beautiful rooms here at Westergate House. We pride ourselves with the presentation, cleanliness and standard of all our rooms. Westergate House is a Grade II listed building full of charm and character.’
Outdoor Games on the Terrace
Another glorious sunny day meant that residents at Westergate House could take advantage of the grounds with traditional garden games on one of the terraces, including skittles & hook-a-duck!
Outdoor garden games provided the perfect summer activity for everyone and Wendy was excellent at Hook-a-Duck as you can see, not one but three ducks at a time, well done Wendy !