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Poole Harbour boat trip


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.





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


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

Januarys Activities

Hi everyone

wow January has just flowen by and so has another month of activities here at Wordsworh House.Lucy has intoduced a new activity her at Wordsworth called picture board.This involves lots of imagination and also opening up the mind to helping produce a story board which is made up of lots of different ideas and stories from our residents.We also had another great month of scrabble,race afternoons and the new dancercise class which everyone can join in as it is a chair based class and is proving popular.Make it bake it eat it produced some very nice chocolate shortbread biscuits this month while next month we will be making pizza and having a margerita afternoon.

We will also be embarking on some new activities next month working along side Dorset County Council who with lottery funding are hoping to develop parts of the grounds at Durlston Castle into community pleasure grounds.This project will be dementia friendly and will benefit all the swanage community and we are very excited to be able to help.Our first pilot projects  will be based indoors here at Wordswoprth House and then later in the year once the weather improves we will be taking residents up to Durlston to engage in woodwork,gardening,Horticultural and Dementia friendly mindfulness walks.I will keep you posted.

I hope you all have a fab Feb and if your looking for love this valentines day you find it.So until next month take care.

Best Wishes Tracie

Activities Co-ordinator



Hello everyone

we hope you have all had a fabulous christmas and are looking forward to 2017.Activities were very busy this month with christmas approaching we had lots of outside entertainment all of who were happy to give up there free time to come up to Wordsworth House.We were very lucky to have The Swanage drama group this year who came in and gave us all a sneak preview of Aladdin which was fantastic and very entertaining.We also enjoyed The Swanage school choir,The swanage girl guides christmas carols,The Wareham bell ringers,The Emmanual church choir and The Swanage town band. Steve Whale came along and entertained us for our residents christmas party THANKYOU steve and of course we couldnt resist a little trip to the pub.

Poole was our destination for some christmas shopping this year after we had enjoyed lunch at weatherspoons The Lord Wimbourne pub.We would like to thank all the staff there who were so accommodating and really did provide a great service for us all THANKYOU.The residents once again had a wonderfull christmas lunch enjoying christmas tipples and sharing childhood memories of there christmas.

We hope to bring in some new activities for 2017 and are looking forward to some trips  out especially the poole boat trip.

Heres to a fantastic 2017.

All the best from all the staff at Wordsworth House.


Activities November

Hello Everyone

We had another busy month for activities at wordsworth house.Our residents enjoyed arts and crafts making bonfire crafts aswell as homemade poppies as we observed a one minutes silence on the 11th to remember our fallen heros.Di Castle joined us this month for our monthly poetry class engaging our residents in various topics which brought back lots of memories along with putting more verses together for our poem.

We were joined by a new entertainer this month Karen G who came and sang lots of different genres to our residents.Karen really wowed everyone and engaged the whole room which was fantastic and has been rebooked due to high demand from our residents.Karen G will be returning valentines day 2017.

We also had some great musical mornings with our new musical instruments which were fantastic and set everyone in good spirits ready for christmas.We have lots of activities booked for christmas at Wordsworth House including a production of Aladdin from the Swanage Drama Group also the christmas lights trip,the Swanage Town Band ,The girl guides and the Swanage School will be coming to do a christmas carol concert plus lots of other activities.

All thats left is to wish everyone a fabulous christmas please look after each other take care and stay warm.




Octobers Activities


Wow the months are going by so quickly and again our residents at Wordsworth House enjoyed another month of varied activities.This month we enjoyed a 1st time visit from Magdalena Atkinson with her interactive musical workshop.Magdalena was able to engage all of our residents with both singing and playing a musical instrument it was amazing to see everyone engage and i would highly recommend Magdalena into any care home especially a dementia home. we will be rebooking Magdalena.

Our residents wishes were once again forfilled with a trip to putlake farm a special request for a birthday.The goats were fed and the residents enjoyed hot tea and scones in the cafe.We would like to thank putlake farm for there hospitality and the warm welcome our residents received.Octobers pamper day theme was you guessed it halloween with lots of spooky treats ,pampering and pumpkin carving.

We also enjoyed our regular activities including scrabble which tracie won a game at last whooo hoo and make it bake it eat it where our residents made healthy milk shakes.One last request for October was also forfilled and that was to watch the movie Fury a wartime movie starring Brad Pit with tanks used from our very own Bovington Tank Museum.The afternoon was relaxed and enjoyed with fruit cups and popcorn.

With christmas approaching Activities are very busy organising lots of things for our residents as well as a busy November so untill Novembers blog we wish you all a safe fireworks night.

Best wishes from all the team at Wordsworth House.


Hi Everyone

Another month has passed and our residents have been busy with plenty of activities in September.The 14th saw our second visit out to Bovington Tank Museum which was a fabulous day for both residents and staff.We also managed to get a shopping trip in to  swanage town this month which was a special request from one of our residents who said that it was the best morning she had had filled with shopping,tea and cake in the local cafe.

Amongst the usual activities of scrabble,Horse racing,and arts & crafts we also introduced musical bingo and chiffon a cise.This months pamper day was a very special day as it was a suprise baby shower for our Manager Kellie Cooke & our care Manager Erin Lock who are both now on maternity leave GOOD LUCK !!! we cant wait to meet the little ones.

October is another busy month for activities and we look forward to meeting Magdalena who will be visiting Wordsworth House with her interactive workshop we are looking forward to this as well as a spooky halloween pamper day and a trip to Putlake Farm.

We wish you all a great month

Take care from all the staff at Wordsworth House.


Bovington Tank Museum Trip 14th September

Wednesday 14th September saw our second fabulous trip to Bovington Tank Museum.We left Wordsworth House at 11.30 to arrive at the tank museum just in time for lunch.Lunch was provided by our fabulous chef Shaun who catered for everyones specific diets.

After lunch we checked into the Tank Museum and explored all it had to offer including the interactive machinery and the trenches.All our residents enjoyed there day with it providing a great reminisance tool taking alot of them back to the war years some often remembering there fathers as well as there childhood years. Activities would like to thank all the staff who gave up there day off to come and help with the trip it allowed us to take more residents.We would also like to thank the Swanage disabled club for the use of there bus and the fabulous Robin and Susan for there help and providing a great service.I would also like to thank Brian Frost our activity co-ordinators husband who works at the tank museum for allowing one of our residents special access to the Sherman Tank used in the film Fury with Brad Pitt.This brought back lots of memories for him and made it a very special day.

We hope you enjoy reading our blogs and look forward to our next adventures

Take care

Tracie & Lucy

Activities team


Hello everyone

A very big well done to Lucy Frost and Lorraine Plumstead who both walked from Swanage to Corfe Castle to raise money for the Alzheimers Society.It was a windy affair but both ladies completed the walk in under 3 hours and had a well deserved drink at the end. Well done ladies.

August activities have been very busy with trips out to the beach for icecream & cream teas as well as a trip to St Marys Church as a special request from one of our residents who lit a candle in memory of her husband as well as singing hymns.The sunshine also gave us a chance to do activities in the garden as well as enjoying the residents and staff BBQ with entertainment from Mr Steve Whale.

We also enjoyed another visit from Di Castle for our monthly poetry club and the residents are working on there own poem we  cant wait to read it . The residents also had there monthly visit from the rev Andy which they always enjoy with a hymn service at the end of the morning and music which was provided by Bridgette thankyou. Scrabble has been a disaster for tracie still not managing to win a game well done Lucy !!!. Our residents also did alot of other activities including arts & crafts making lavender bags and clay pots as well as there weekly exercise class,a gentlemans lunch,pamper day always popular and sensory activities.On a final note for August we had a 100th Birthday in the house which is always a fabulous achievement and was celebrated in style with his family and his favourite food jelly.

We hope you enjoy reading our blog and untill next time take care

From all the staff at Wordsworth House.