wow what a fab summer we have had so far it always makes all the difference to peoples mood and emotions when the sun is shining.August saw our second visit from Simon at Brighter Days here and again he was able to engage our residents with his unique style.Music also has a great effect on peoples moods and once again we were entertained by the wonderful Dave Marshell.Dave does a variety of genres and we all enjoyed a singalong and even a boogie.
We also had our twice monthly church outings again there is something about this trip that completly transforms our residents when we go there.Please if you live in the Swanage area and you have a loved one with Dementia take them as just the change of enviroment makes all the difference to there day and Brigette makes the most delicious cakes.We also enjoyed a trip to Durlston castle where we spent the afternoon admiring the wonderful views as well as a look around the museum and watching there in house information cinema and not forgetting of course tea and cake.
On our calender when we plan it we do like to keep certain activities on every month this helps the residents form a routine as they know that on certain days either weekly or monthly they can look forward to prehaps pamper & polish which is usually on a Friday and they have there nails done.We also keep arts and crafts on as well as cookery and music and movement.These activities help to promote wellbeing in both physical activities and mental stimulation.
So as we roll into September we look forward to more trips including a pub lunch and the beach hut fish & trip day out.I hope you enjoy reading about what we get up to here at Wordsworth House as always it is a pleasure to be able to work along side our residents and listen to their fasinating stories of there lifes.
See you soon take care
From Tracie and all at Wordsworth House.
Its that time again to update you all on what we have all been up to here at Wordsworth House.July has given us some glorious weather which has ment we were able to go ahead with our picnic on the downs.This was a fabulous afternoon as it is only a short walk away from Wordsworth House so we were able to go over and set ourselfs up for the afternoon.We all enjoyed a fabulous picnic lunch prepared by our kitchen ( Thanks Guys ) and the most amazing views from the downs.It was a clear day so we could see Bournemouth as well as the Isle of Wight.
July saw for the first time a great outside entertainer we brought in by the name of Simon.Simon runs a company called Brighter Days and i would highly recommend him.Simon has the ability to engage everyone he also has a special knack of getting residents who wouldnt normally engage to engage especially in singing.Simon dosnt use song sheets or sing to the residents but all songs are used from memory and this inturn gets the residents memories flowing and they sing along with him.
Dedicated dementia days are still going strong especially the trips to our local St Marys church on a Tuesday afternoon once again a great addition to our community so if you are a carer of someone with Dementia or have a family member with Dementia i would reccomend as i have seen the amazing difference in the residents that i take there. Keep up the good work.I would also like to thank our local rector John and Bridgette for there monthly visits to Wordsworth for our Hymn Service.
July has been a good month as always with sucessful trips out various activities lots of laughter and fun and social interaction.I would like to thank everyone who gives up there free time to come to Wordsworth House to do various activities as this helps keep Wordswopth within the community.
So i look forward to blogging again with activities at Wordsworth House and until next month enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe in the heat.
Tracie and all the staff at Wordsworth House.
Hi and another very warm welcome from us all here at Wordsworth House.
June has not only given us great weather but our residents have enjoyed there much awaited activity the Poole Harbour Boat Trip.We were again blessed with great weather on the day and together enjoyed a 2 hour trip around Poole Harbour whilst eating our home made picnic lunch and enjoying tea and biscuits along with a good old sing along with the crew also joining in with us.The friends of dolphin crew not only made us feel welcomed but also did a great safety brief before we set sail so we knew we were in safe hands.
June also saw the start of the world cup much to the delight of our gentlemen and they all enjoyed the opening match along with a few beers and nibbles to help cheer them along.The icecream social went down well as ever especially in this heat and we all enjoyed cones and lollies with plenty more to come.Once again we were able to make a couple of visits to the All Things Bright And Beautiful service held weekly at our local church St Marys in Swanage.This trip is not only popular amongst the residents but it is valuable to being part of the community and the fact that it is dementia friendly makes all the difference.I have seen a great change in the residents who we take to the church and not only does it make them feel part of the community but they are happy and feel valued.
We would once again like to say thankyou to our local vicar John who along with Brigette give up there free time to come and do a hymn service once a month here at Wordsworth and i know it is well received and it is also important that the religious views of our residents is taken into account.We also enjoyed entertainment from Dave Marshall which showed the movers and groovers in the house.We did hold a cake sale with all proceeds going towards the Wordsworth House residents mini bus fund and the total is steadily rising which is fabulous thankyou to everyone who has so far donated.
So has summer finally kicks in we are all looking forward to getting out more in the garden for activities and this year Wordsworth House will be part of the Swanage carnival parade so please look out for us and donate into our bucket every little helps and it all goes towards our mini bus.
Have a lovely summer and i will look forward to our next blog in August
Tracie and all the staff here at Wordsworth House
Its that time of month again to update you with whats been going on here at Wordsworth House in activities.May has produced some decent weather which has been good as we have had our 1st big trip out to Haskins garden centre.This destination was our residents choice and they had a good day enjoying all the plants and flowers as well as the shop and a spot of lunch in the restaurant.We would like to thank the restaurant manager at Haskins for accommodating us in there ceder room as they were exceptionally busy but they went out of there way to find us somewhere we could all be together.
May also found our residents doing life skills which has been a really interesting activity as it helps to see what they did when they were in there own home as well what they are able to do now.Life skills also enables our residents to do things in the home such as dusting,laundry and the best one so far sock pairing who would have thought you can have so much fun with socks.
We were able to finally clear the vegetable patch ready for replanting so we can all eat our home grown vegetables and potatoes lovely.We also made our first visit to the all things bright and beautiful church service at St Marys church in Swanage. This is a new weekly group for anyone in the Swanage community who would like to take a loved one for a small service followed by tea and cake and activities.The group is particularly suitable for those with dementia and runs on a Tuesday from 2.30pm please note no group on June 5th.
We have also done our usual monthly activities which our residents look forward to such as arts & crafts and horseracing aswell as a quiz or 2 this month.June is looking good for activities especially the Poole Harbour boat trip which is making a return for the second year due to popular demand so i look forward to letting you know how it was.I hope we will continue to have some more sun as it is always good to get our residents out even in the garden for lunch or activities so until next month enjoy the good old British weather.
From all of us here at Wordsworth House
Tracie and all the staff.
Its that time again when you get to read what our wonderful residents have been up to again here at Wordsworth House.April has been a good month here at Wordsworth as we took part in the national care homes open day which was a great success.We started planning for our open day in January and together as a team we made sure all our residents and their families and everyone who came to visit had a great day.Everyone was treated to a fabulous buffet and a massive thank you goes out to all the kitchen staff who worked so hard to produce the most amazing food.We also had entertainment from the fabulous Karl Latimer who i would highly recommend if you want a jolly good singalong.we were also joined by Lesley and her miniature ponies Harvey and Stan as well as the Deputy Mayor of Swanage Mrs Gail Green and the duo Dave Marshal and Anne. I would like to say what a fabulous team we have here at Wordsworth House and every department worked so very hard to make it a success despite the downfall of rain this didn’t dampen our spirits.
April also saw our residents decorating cakes for St Georges Day as well as the ever popular balloon tennis,dominoes in which i was taught how to play by one of our residents and for national beer day we made beer cupcakes as well as trying beers from different parts of the country.Dedicated Dementia Day is still running on a Tuesday and we are looking forward to taking some of our residents to St Marys Church in Swanage to a new group which is part of the community where every Tuesday there will be a service held which is particularly suitable for those living with Dementia and involves activities and refreshments so we are looking forward to our first visit. As always i would like to thank Di Castle for coming to do her monthly poetry classes free of charge and our local vicar from St Marys Church John.
Thankyou for reading our blog until May take care
from all at Wordsworth House.
March has been and gone and our residents here at Wordsworth House have had a busy Activities calendar.We celebtated St Patricks Day with homemade very tasty Irish coffees which went down a treat.March was also Nutrition and Hydration week and to coincide with this the Activities team challenged the Kitchen to the Great British Blend Off where with the help of our residents it was down to them to choose the winning smoothy.Lucy (Activities) and Dario (kitchen)had to produce a smoothy with random ingredients i had bought and our residents did the taste test the result was close but eventually we had a winner and i am pleased to say it was Lucy and the Activities team that won.This was a great afternoon which was lots of fun that not only involved other departments at Wordsworth House but also showed awareness for Hydration and Nutrition and Swallowing Awareness Day.
We would like to say Thankyou to Di Castle who again gave up her free time to do the monthly poetry club and Our local vicar John who comes every month to do our Hymn Service and Holy Communion.
We had lots of fun making easter baskets and easter bonnets as well as easter chocolate cakes.Mothers day was celebrated with our residents sharing memories of there mums which then we used to make our mothers day memory tree.
We are looking forward to April where we hope you will come along to our care homes open day.This is a national event and we are open to everyone from 12.30pm to 5pm with a buffet and entertainment throughout the day we do hope you can pop in and see us.Activities are looking good for may with trips out as the weather is now starting to pick up and i know our residents are looking forward to ever popular Boat trip and the Haskins trip so until next month.
From all the staff here at Wordsworth House
Its blog time again and what a lovely February our residents have had.We have been busy tossing pancakes along with our chef Darrio who kindly came and made them while Lucy & Myself along with our home manager Erin engaged in a pancake tossing competion which was great fun.We also had our residents tossing pancakes as well as enjoying them for a well desearved afternoon treat with lots of delicious toppings.
February was also the month of love and what better way to spend valentines day than with a High Tea and musical entertainment provided by Mr Dave Arnold.We all had a wonderful afternoon with plenty of cake and bucks fizz Thanks Dave for a great afternoon.Residents also engaged in various other activities and they are now preparing to get there vegetable plot growing with potatoes already on the go.
The dedicated Dementia day is also going well and i am finding it both interesting and rewarding in that we are able to find out why people with dementia do certain things and what triggers certain memories and alot of it stems back to there working lives or even there childhood.Hopefully the sun will start shining upon us soon as we already have our first trip booked in to Haskins Garden Centre.This trip was voted by our residents and is proving so popular we may have to run it twice.The calender is now underway for April and we are all looking forward to the National Carehomes Open Day on Saturday the 21st.
I hope you have enjoyed reading our blog and getting an insight into some of the activities our residents enjoy here at Wordsworth House.The activities are choosen by our residents with all there individual needs met and person centred as much as is possible.
So untill next month take care
Tracie & lucy
Firstly we would like to wish everyone a very happy new year and i hope it has got off to a good start.January 2018 saw the start of our new memory locksmith programme where by one to one time is spent with every resident who has dementia and together we fill in a enrichment profile which will hopefully unlock some memories of the resident this in turn will help to person centre there day even more and find trigger points that may help us realise why they behave in certain ways.The dedicated programme focuses on there past life history as well as where they are today and can help to eleviate aggitation and stress so far the programme is going well and once all the profiles have been completed then we are able to focus on group activities.
January has been a bit chilli so our residents have been busy baking and made a lovely rocky road along with Lucy i have to say i did sample it and it was lovely.We also enjoyed table top dominos which is great for maths and brain training along with balloon table tennis which helps to excercise the upper limbs.We must say thankyou to Di Castle for giving up her time to come in and do our monthly poetry club.We would also like to welcome our new vicar John who comes into Wordsworth House once a month to do a hymn service and holy communion should anyone like it.
February has a busy activities calender with a high tea for valentines day with entertainment provided by Mr Dave Arnold.We will also be tossing our own pancakes and baking valentines biscuits with love.
I hope you all have a good month and wrap up and stay warm untill next time.
Tracie and all the team at Wordsworth House
Wow what a year its been here at Wordsworth House for activities.I must start off by saying a massive thankyou to everyone in the community in Swanage for giving up there free time over the festive period to come to our home and entertain our wonderful residents.We would like to thank the Swanage Girl Guides,The vicar of st Marys,The Emmanual Church,The May Day singers,The Swanage Town Band,The Swanage Disabled Club for all our transport through out the year,Di Castle,The Swanage School for your fab community Tea Party and The Lord Wimbourne pub in poole for accomodating us for our pub lunch and shopping trip.
We have had a very busy December here at Wordsworth with lots of festive activities aswell as a very popular trip to the pub followed by shopping in poole.The residents also enjoyed there annual Christmas lights trip which took us around Swanage,Corfe castle,Langton Matravers and a wild goose chase over in wool.The residents did a fabulous job making chocolate truffles while themselfs enjoying frothy hot chocolate and marshmallows as well as mince pies and mulled wine.I would also like to say a personal thankyou to all the my collegues who have helped out throught out 2017 with all the trips without you guys and many of you who do give up your precious days off we are not able to go to all the many different places which is such a very important part of life within a carehome to be able to take our residents out so Thankyou so much !!!
so with a new year upon us 2018 will bring in some exciting new activities aswell as a new adventure for myself which involves a dedicated dementia day.My hope is to be able to work more closely along side residents who have dementia to be able to unlock some memories and make there days a little bit more enjoyable.I also hope to be a first port of call for any families who may need some help and advice about dementia or just an ear to listen to them as we all know dementia is a very devastating disease and many families are unsure of where they can get some help and reasurance that they are doing everything possible for there loved ones.
Finally i hope you have all had a wonderful christmas and that 2018 is full of health and happiness to you all.
Take care from all the staff here at Wordsworth House.