its blog time again and wow where has October gone.We have again had a very busy time in activities through out October with a great arts & crafts session decorating pumpkins ready for our halloween party as well completeing our poppy mural ready for display in the emmanual church.The emmanual church have kindly invited us to there poppy exhibition Tea and singalong in November which we are really looking forward too Thankyou.We also had our usual vicars service which happened to be on our halloween party day.The halloween lunch was a great day which was enjoyed by both our residents and the staff and as always we dressed up just to make the day more special.
Thankyou once again to Dave Marshell and Anne who came in to provide an afternoons entertainment of singing and dancing which saw quite a few of our residents up on there feet it was quite a mini disco fabulous afternoon and as always music is good for the soul which is always popular here at Wordsworth House.The dedicated dementia day which is always on a Tuesday is still going well and we are planning to add to the day with person centered music playlists which i am really looking forward to introducing into Wordsworth House.We also enjoyed all our usual activities which cover both reminicense and physical activities such as giant floor games and quizes which are great to Train The Brain.
November is a busy month for everyone here at Wordsworth House which we are looking forward to and with the run up to christmas we have started planning our Decembers calender which is currently jam packed full of outings,people coming in to entertain as well as schools and two invitations to community party events.I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Activities Co-ordinator Suzanne who will be taking thre lead roll in organizing and facilitating the Activities here at Wordsworth House Suzanne good look and congratulations on your new roll you will be a superstar.
I hope you have enjoyed reading our blog and what we have been up too here at Wordsworth House so untill next month stay safe and take care.
From all The team here at Wordsworth.
So September saw our residents out in the community with our twice monthly trips to St Marys Parish church which as ever brings Wordsworth House into the community as well as the church in to Wordsworth House when we have our monthly hymn service again thankyou to John and Bridgette who give up there free time to come and visit.We also had a fabulous afternoon on the sea front in the beach hut which was loaned to us from the Swanage Dementia Friendly community.This afternoon although a bit windy saw the sun come out but most importantly saw our residents enjoying fresh air and watching everyday life.They were able to take in the sights and smells of the sea as well as every day town life from children on the beach to people going around and about their daily buisness.We also most importantly enjoyed a fish and chip lunch wrapped in its traditional paper which in itself brings lots of memories. We also enjoyed another visit from Simon from brighter days who as always is able to motivate and get our residents having lots of fun in the afternoons.
September also saw us have an end of summer fund raiser which included a raffle and entertainment provided by Karl Latimer.The fund raiser is ongoing as we are raising money for our residents mini bus and we are doing so well.A massive thankyou to all who have donated we are well over half way.Our residents also enjoyed all there usual activities which we do try and put on each month at there request as they do like routine as well as other new activities they have choosen to do.Dedicated Dementia Day which is on a Tuesday is still going strong and i was fortunate to attend a music and wellbeing course which is all about the benefits of music in dementia care.This was a fantastic training session and i am very much looking forward to bringing into the home.This will be a chance for all the staff to get involved in seeing how music has an impact in dementia care and how it not only brings joy with residents having their own personal play lists but it can also help in aggitation and personal care as well as movement and excercise.
I hope you have enjoyed this months blog and i look forward to letting you know what we have all been up to in October.
So untill then keep smiling
Tracie and all the team at Wordsworth House.
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