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
Fun in the Sun
We made the most of the sunshine in our luxurious gardens with crafts and afternoon tea.
St Patrick and second Vaccine Day.
It was a great day for us at Westlake house. It was second vaccine day AND St Particks day. The staff supplied the residents with a photo booth and hats and even the GP got involved.
It was a real fun day for all.
Saint Patricks day is global celebration of Irish culture marked every year on or around 17th March. It particularly remembers St Patrick who ministered Christianity in Ireland around fifth century.
St Davids Day at Westlake House
We had such a lovely Day. Our home, Westlake House was decorated for St David's Day with the Welsh flag flying as bunting around the home. In the morning several of our residents went out to the garden and picked daffodils for each of our residents to have a bunch of daffs in their room. In the afternoon our Chef and his team made delicious Welsh cakes for both residents and staff. A very happy day was had by all.
Knit and Natter
All welcome at our knitting group. Whether you are an experienced knitter or crocheter or someone taking up knitting for the first time, our group has something for all. Our aim is to make decorations and soft toys for Westlake House for Easter. However, what better way to spend and afternoon than with your friends, having a natter and creating.
Spring is welcomed to Westlake House
Our beautiful gardens at Westlake House are classed as natural gardens as the are just cut out of the Surrey Hills. The gardens attract a great deal of pleasant wild life including an assortment of beautiful songbirds. Our residents and staff encourage all our garden visitors and find them a great source of entertainment. Our residents are seen here making birdfeeders to encourage such visitors. The birdfeeders are then taken around our gardens and we enjoy the sights and sounds. Welcome to Westlake House Spring.
Valentine's, Valentine's Day
We always share the love on Valentine's day at Westlake House. Its such a special day for us all. Our residents made and exchanged chocolate goody bags and enjoyed a celebratory meal in our restaurant. This year was extra special as we have a new resident called Valentine, who was born on Valentines day. Happy Birthday Valentine.