Meet our Activities Coordinator, Heather O'Hagan
Heather has joined the Westlake House team as our Activities Co-ordinator and comes with a very good pedigree of experience having worked within the social care sector for 20 years. Heather is very enthusiastic to develop her role at Westlake House in order to broaden the scope of how her role can support our residents to express themselves and access activities and creativity. She is particularly interested in the way in which music can support those with impaired cognition and how therapeutic the medium of music and song can be for all.
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 Westlake House Care Home
Another trip to the beach to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and ice cream!
International Nurses' Day
Residents made cards in secret during their activities sessions to give a personalised card to each of our nurses. They also sent cards to the local Hospitals and surgeries.
National Tea Day
International Tea day celebrated with afternoon tea with homemade cakes and snacks.
Big Easter Quiz
Westlake joined the other Barchester homes in the division via zoom for a virtual Easter quiz. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Whilst we did not make the top 10 homes, we are very proud that we placed 19 out of 26.
Easter at Westlake
On Friday 2nd April, we had an Easter egg hunt around the home. Staff and residents teamed up to find the most hidden animals around the home and to win prizes of Easter eggs and chocolates.
Fun in the Sun
We made the most of the sunshine in our luxurious gardens with crafts and afternoon tea.