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Activities in November

Hi Everyone

November saw another busy month for activities here at Wordsworth House for our residents.November brings alot of memories for our residents with rememberance day so this year everyone was busy making poppies for the whole house which they all wore on rememberance sunday while watching the parade on tv.We also enjoyed handbag arts & crafts where they got to design there own cotton handbags and keep them.The call to mind game also proved to be a great social game this month as it always brings together residents both with and without dementia who were able to interact with lots of stories of days gone by.

One of the new activities we tried this month which was requested by one of our residents was woodwork.This activity worked really well as our resident was a carpenter and doing this activity took him back to his younger working years which was fantastic to see him able to sand down the wood and make his own block i have to say he really did enjoy his afternoon.As we know November is children in need and we all had fun with a fabulous selfie day with pudsey bear as well as a cake sale to raise money for children in need well done everyone what bought cakes!!!

Sadly we have to say goodbye to Georgie our pet therapy dog who has now gone into retirement.Thankyou Liz for bringing Georgie who brought so much joy to our residents and really did make a difference.I hope you are all looking forward to christmas i know we are here with lots of activities and trips planned for December so untill next month we wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy shopping.

Take care from all the staff here at Wordsworth House.

 

Octobers Activities

Hi Everyone

Another month has passed us by so quickly and again our residents have being busy here at Wordsworth House with various activities.A popular activity is always the drawing room lunches were some residents are able to enjoy lunch in the drawing room listening to music followed by a group activity.These lunches are good for social interacion especially for our new residents who can feel over whelmed and it helps them to get to know other residents and staff in a smaller enviroment.We enjoyed poetry with Di Castle after our lunch which again is a great way to get residents to interact socially and relax.

October as we know is halloween and this year our residents had a fantastic day pumpkin carving,dressing up along with the staff and we had in for the first time Music from Mr Dave Marshell.We would like to say a big thankyou to Dave as our residents really did enjoy his music and had a great afternoon.Once again our residents enjoyed there usual monthly activities including baking,memories from yester year,pamper & polish,floor games and arts and crafts.

Activities within our carehome are person centered and when i plan the calender it is planned around each individual resident so that it gives everyone a chance to be able to do something they wish.However not everyone likes to do activities so it is also important that as activity co-ordinators we are able to do one to one visits either socially or within the residents rooms as this helps to prevent social inclusion.

November has a busy activity calender and i look forward to letting you know what we have being up to.So until then take care.

From all the staff here at Wordsworth House.

 

ACTIVITIES IN SEPTEMBER

Hi once again,

wow how quickly September has flowen by and another month of activities has been and gone.This month has seen a very succesful old style fish & chip supper evening with music provided for us by local man Mr Andrew Cannon.The residents also enjoyed reminisance with some new reminisance material including old corgi cars,photos,lots of medals and various other postcards and old newspapers dating back to the 1960s.

We also enjoyed pamper and polish,Floor games and various table top games to keep our minds ticking over dominos been very popular.Septermber 29th was the macmillan giant coffee morning and a big thankyou to all the staff,residents and there families who bought cakes to help raise money for macmillan cancer.

With christmas fast approaching it is now time to find out what our residents would like to do over christmas and start planning the calender for December.The poole pub and christmas shopping trip has been voted in as the most popular with the christmas lights trip coming in next.As ever our residents always enjoy a varied activity programme here at Wordsworth House and it is always a pleasure to go home knowing we have made someones day and brough some sunshine into the house leaving the winter blues outside so until next month.

Take care

From everyone here at Wordsworth House

Residents Poole Harbour Trip!!!

Here are just a few of the pictures taken from our fabulous boat trip around poole harbour.

Beautiful view of Brownsea island
Beautiful view of Brownsea island
In The Distance
In The Distance
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Hello friendly ship
The House on its own private island.
The House on its own private island.
Boarder Force Uk in action
Boarder Force Uk in action
Tracie has found herself a new job as the captain.
Tracie has found herself a new job as the captain.
Beautiful Poole
Beautiful Poole

A Little bit of what we do !!!

Here are some photos of our home growen vegetables and the residents scrummy homemade pizzas and cup cakes !!!

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Home growen lettuce
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Home Growen cabbages
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Home made and delicious 
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Wonderful home growen potatoes & cabbage !!!
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Delicious pizza 

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ACTIVITIES IN AUGUST

Hello once again

August has been another busy time for activities here at wordsworth house.We have managed to take some ladies out for there much awaited shopping trip into swanage town as well as enjoying a much needed tea and cake stop by the quay.August also saw a trip to sandpit field to take in the Swanage carnival atmosphere and we all enjoyed the dog show which is one of the many events the carnival puts on every year.

Chocolate was the theme for our make it,bake it eat it this month with or residents making some fabulous chocolate muffins with lucy and they even saved me one to try the next day which was perfect thankyou.We have to say a thankyou to the Emmanual chuch in swanage who provided us with some sunflowers colouring sheets so are residents have been able to enter a local competion heres hoping for a winner.

Musical bingo was a great hit this month with lucy managing to give away lots of prizes including silk scarfs and the ever popular chocolate boxes.So as summer draws to a close heres to the autum activities.

Thankyou for reading our activities blog untill next time take care.

From Tracie & everyone here at Wordsworth House.

 

ACTIVITIES IN JULY

Hello everyone

I hope you are all enjoying the summer sun and making the most of the outdoors i know we all are here at Wordsworth House.We have had some new activities this month including giant dominos and swing ball which went down a treat.Swing ball and giant tennis were played in the garden to coinside with wimbledon and was so popular both activities have been requested again.We also had a fantastic boat trip to poole harbour sailing around Brownsea and old harry rocks.The trip was on board a specially designed boat for wheelchairs and is run by friends of dolphin please see my seperate blog.

July also saw a return visit from Magdalena and her interactive musical workshop which was fantastic as it engaged lots of residents especially our residents with dementia.Once Magdalena had finished her workshop we all enjoyed a strawberry cream tea with fresh strawberries.

Residents also enjoyed a curry night all washed down with a beer as well as naan breads and accompliments.We also enjoyed all our usual activities like arts & crafts,musical bingo,sensory call to mind and pamper and polish.August is looking like a pretty full calender for activities so untill next month enjoy the summer and take care.

From all at Wordsworth House

Poole Harbour boat trip

Hi

I just thought i would write a little blog about our boat trip around poole and brownsea island.I had arranged way back in March this boat trip which is run by friends of dolphin which is a voluntry run boat especially for wheelchairs and anyone with disabilities who would find it hard to board a normal standard boat.The crew met us and were all so very friendly and helpful and assisted all our residents and staff safely onto the boat.We were offered tea and coffee which was a great accompliment to our homemade picnic we took with us.The trip lasted 2 hours sailing around poole and taking in all the sights of brownsea island and old harry rocks.We all enjoyed such a great day made better by the sun shine and calm waters so no sea sickness for our activities co-ordinator.I would highly recommend the friends of dolphin which runs from March to september and runs a choice of 2 trips poole harbour and wareham quay where you can enjoy a fish and chip lunch on board the boat.The trips do get booked up very quickly so early booking is essential as i booked as soon as they opened in March and was lucky to get a spot.

So on behalf of the residents and staff who went on this trip a massive thankyou such a great service which gives pleasure to so many people.

Thankyou

Tracie

ACTIVITIES JUNE

HELLO

I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine while its lasted i know our wonderful residents here at Wordsworth House have been able to get out in the garden enjoying breakfast,social mornings,pamper and polish and general coffee,teas and a good old chat.June has been a great month for enjoying ice creams as well as flower arranging,floor games and baking cup cakes for cup cake day which was on the 15th June.We love baking as our motto here at Wordsworth is make it bake it eat it.

We must say thankyou to the Reverend Andy and Brigette who give up there free time once a month to come up to Wordsworth to do our monthly church service as many of our residents are religious and it is important to be able to include spiritual and religious awareness within the home.

We have another full calender of activities in July including the long awaited poole harbour boat trip this  is a volunteer run boat which is adapted for wheelchairs and is free of charge so i will be looking forward to letting you know how we got on sailing the high seas.We are also looking forward to a trip to swanage railway to sample the buffet cart for morning coffee.I hope you enjoy reading about the activities our residents do as theses are chosen by our residents as part of our person centred care here at Wordsworth House.

I would also just like to mention that i will be taking on a new adventure here at Wordsworth House which is to become a dementia locksmith.The role of the locksmith is to work along side residents and there families and to try and unlock as many memories as possible to enable us to person centre there care and activities even more by doing this we are able to find out certain trigger points which will help us to see why they may like to do certain things at certain times of the day by identifying certain behaviours we are then able to alleviate agitation,stress and therefore allow them to enjoy a good quality of life.

So until next month enjoy the summer sun and take care

Tracie

Activities Co-ordinator

Activities in February

Hi everyone

Well for a short month its been a busy for  activities here at Wordsworth House.We celebrated chinese new years with a wonderful chinese buffet lunch as well as  valentines day with a wonderful afternoon of hearts,flowers and chocolates with entertainment provided by the lovely Karen G.

Activities also had a wonderful ladies who lunch afternoon followed by call to mind a great game i would recommend to any carehome/nursing home.Call to mind is a game designed for dementia but i have found it works across the board.Call to mind is a creative talking tool and is fabulous for reminiscence and social interaction.We also celebrated pizza day with our residents making there own and enjoying the fruits of there labour.

Wordsworth House have been asked by Charlie Dooley and her team if we would like to take part in a project that is to benefit the whole community of Swanage.Charlie is currently in the middle of writing a big heritage lottery funding project to revamp woodland and cliff top trails by Durlston Castle.The development project is testing out some mini pilot projects and our residents trailed there first one here at Wordsworth in February.Together with Charlie we ran an activities afternoon which involved indoor gardening and bird box making.The session went down a storm and we are looking forward to the next one as well as some sunny weather so we can take our residents to Durlston to participate in the outdoor activities and the mindfulness walks.This project not only involves bringing carehomes into the community but is dementia friendly which is fabulous.We have had lots of laughs and lots of fun here in activities as we always do and heres to many more.

Take care until next time.

Tracie Activities coordinator