Meet our Activities Coordinator, Monique Goosen
I am Monique, the Activities Coordinator of Westlake House Care Home. A lot of thought and consideration goes into planning events, and creating a fun, varied, all-inclusive program to enable Westlake House residents to enjoy on a daily basis. Barchester’s slogan: Celebrating Life, is what drew me into this company, and I personally would like to be involved in exactly that. I truly enjoy spending time with the residents here.
Activities at our home
Residents enjoy playing hoopla and bocce bowls, which combine exercise with the thrill of competitive sport. We invite entertainers and musicians to visit the home on a regular basis and residents very much enjoy watching them perform.
We also have our pet therapy dog, Marley, visit the home on a fortnightly basis, and residents love petting him. They also enjoy health and fitness days, where they get the opportunity to participate in armchair exercises and target games.
We always celebrate National Volunteer Week, which we use as a chance to say thank you for the wonderful work that our volunteers do that further enhances the quality of life for those who live at Westlake.
As well as continuing with our favourite activities, such as arts & crafts, bingo, knit & natter, Scrabble, board games, bridge, quizzes, pampers & manicures, reminiscence sessions and musical memories, we always like to launch new activities for residents, which give them the opportunity to socialise with their friends and families. These could be our own vegetable patches, flower arranging sessions, a book club or anything else that our imaginations conjure up.
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 Westlake House Care Home
Local Business Networking!
Our General Manager, Kate met with Ben at Gwyns Bakery in Horsham this week to talk about local business and share ideas as we approach Christmas.
Ben also donated 10 cakes for us to give to some local children who are visiting the home to sing some traditional songs in the garden for residents to enjoy.
Christmas Decorations go up!
Decorating our Christmas trees around the home has been a team effort this week! Unpacking the decorations and choosing the bauble colours for each tree has been great fun. With festive music to accompany our reminiscence of Christmases past and what we are looking forward to this year its good to be with friends
Christmas Lights switched on!
Residents took a trip in our mini bus on the first night of the Christmas lights at the King's home in Cottingham Avenue today! As darkness fell the display looked very festive, the weather was not so kind as it started to rain but we will be out to see more Christmas lights locally
Birthday Choir sing to Norman!
Resident Norman celebrated his 92nd birthday today and we were delighted to welcome the wonderful Cantatrice Voices Choir our Christmas Fete who sang a special 'Happy Birthday' to him! Head on over to our Facebook page, @BarchesterWestlakeHouse to listen to the video
Our Christmas Fete!
What a joyous afternoon at our Christmas Fete where we enjoyed shopping at the many stalls selling festive gifts while sipping on mulled wine and eating mince pies and homemade gingerbread! Opened by Chairman of the Council Dr David Skipp residents spent time with their friends and relatives and listened to choir song and carols. A definite success for all and one to be repeated!
Evening piano recital with Mel
Residents enjoyed an evening with Mel as she played the piano and sang so beautifully, a perfect end to the day
Residents to judge our Christmas photo competition!
Head over to our Facebook page - @BarchesterWestlakeHouse & enter our Christmas photo competition just email your photo to email@example.com…
Countdown to Christmas!
There are plenty of fun Christmas-themed activities planned throughout December for our residents