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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Louise Bettiss

I have been at Westlake House since 2008. I work to ensure that residents enjoy a range of entertainment throughout the day; this varies from sports, such as indoor carpet bowls and kurling, to outings, crafts, quizzes and whatever residents feel like doing on any particular day.

We take pride in the variety of activities we offer; access to a minibus means that we can go for trips to the seaside or out for lunch any time residents want to.

All the team believe that it is important to be active both in mind and body; having fun no matter your age is at the core of our philosophy.

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.

Life at our home

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Royal Wedding Celebrations

We flew the Union Flags with pride in recognition of the royal wedding. Residents enjoyed a sparkling toast to the bride and groom and followed it up with tea, cakes and a right royal singalong and dance with entertainment provided by one of our regular entertainers.

Guests, residents and staff were all invited to dress up for the occasion, and the hats were out in force, just as they were at the wedding itself.

Lunch was even served in front of the TV due to the timing of the wedding and so that the residents did not miss anything. On top of all the indoor celebrations, people also enjoyed themselves in the gardens as the weather was so beautiful. 

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International Nurses' Day

Westlake House celebrated International Nurses’ Day and thanked all our trained staff for the wonderful work and support that they give, not only to the residents and their relatives, but also to the hard working care staff who work with them. They make a real difference to the lives of those we support.

Nurses’ Day is a chance to recognise and reward the important work and dedication of nurses everywhere, who often go above and beyond the call of duty.

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Our Oldest Care Assistant

Dorothy Clark, aged 80, works as a Care Assistant here at Westlake House, first joining us in 2003.

Dorothy is pictured above with Peter Crabb, Senior Care Assistant. Both Dorothy and Peter have ensured that residents' care needs and comfort come first and that the delivery of quality care is always at the heart of everything they do.

According to Dorothy, she has been at Barchester longer than she was at any other company. She said she's still fit at the ripe old age of 80, and added that the job gives her great satisfaction and is very rewarding. She hopes to continue doing it as long as she can. 

Westlake House also employs Edna, who is 88 years old and works as a Hostess – and has done for the past 22 years. Dorothy said that she found the people working at Westlake House to be very friendly and welcoming; she felt comfortable right from the start.

Both Edna and Dorothy have not thought seriously about retiring. Both employees continue to work and make a huge difference to the lives of older people living at Westlake House.

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Time for a Cuppa

Tea lovers at Westlake House took part in a fundraising event to raise awareness for Dementia UK. We organised a ‘Time for a Cuppa’ day and held a tea party and cake sale to show support for Dementia UK and the Admiral Nurses who work closely with those living with dementia.

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Chinese New Year

Westlake House welcomed the Year of the Dog with a day of celebration and activities, which were a delight for staff, residents, relatives and friends of the home. 

Inspired by Chinese culture and traditions, the home was decorated with hanging red lanterns. The Head Chef cooked up an oriental feast and everyone celebrated in style with a special lunch of traditional Chinese food, including spring rolls, sweet and sour chicken and egg fried rice.

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Pancake Day

The Head Chef has been flipping and turning pancakes all morning in preparation for the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race. Westlake House has marked this year’s Pancake Day with lots of pancake decorations and several toppings. 

Upcoming events

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Room Hire

We have a room that is available to hire to members of the local community.

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Coffee Mornings

Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy delicious refreshments and cold drinks.

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