Providing meaningful activities for our elderly residents
Our residents’ ongoing health and wellbeing is extremely important to us and we recognise that keeping active, both mentally and physically, whilst maintaining a sense of purpose and meaning are key to individuals’ happiness, contentment and joy.
In partnership with our residents and those closest to them, our dedicated lifestyle team develops a varied programme of meaningful activities, events and celebrations which are personalised to individuals’ likes, dislikes, abilities and care needs as well as aspirations and dreams for the future.
Our whole team supports our residents to rekindle interests and hobbies, whilst also gently encouraging them to try new things they might enjoy, either as part of a group of friends, on a 1-2-1 basis and in their own room, if they prefer.
MAINTAINING AN ACTIVE BODY AND MIND
Regular opportunities to exercise bring fun and laughter, whilst giving everyone the opportunity to stay as active as they’re personally able to. For some, that may be through seated exercises from the comfort of their own chair or a guided yoga class whilst, for others, it’s tending to our beautiful gardens in the great outdoors or doing a spot of flower arranging.
To keep our minds and bodies active at Alderwood we have a dedicated lifestyle team who ensure our residents lifestyle choices are individually tailored to their own preferences. We foster a lively environment which includes intergenerational stay and play sessions with local parents and their young children. We take many an exciting day trip to the seaside, local swimming pool and popular historic sites around Essex. We also have an active events calendar within our home that includes visiting Yoga instructors, singers and dancers. Our quiz nights are especially popular, even bringing in visitors from the local community, giving residents a great chance to socialise with their neighbours.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
For those of us who relish the quiet times, we have a variety of cosy corners and comfy quiet areas to sit and watch the world go by, read the paper or work on a knitting or needlework project.
Our brasserie is a centre of activity where residents and their families and friends can sit and enjoy each other’s company, chatting over a tea or coffee and a selection of homemade sandwiches, rolls and delicious cakes – all lovingly handmade and baked by our talented in-house catering team.
A LIFE FULL OF MEANING AND PURPOSE
Our residents’ are amazing and their talents never cease to amaze us!
Alongside our organised activities, we also provide a variety of opportunities to bring meaning to people’s lives, whilst nurturing their existing talents and experience and learning from others along the way.
Whether it’s a resident with a particular flair for art, baking, dancing, music, homemaking or DIY, we all enjoy learning from each other and sharing our knowledge.
AT THE HEART OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
We recognise, for many of our residents, remaining an active and valued part of their local community is very important to them so we regularly invite groups and entertainers into the home to spend time with us.
Visitors are also welcome to come and take part in celebrations, open days and themed events as well as a variety of activities and pet therapy visits from our favourite fluffy friends, Alice the cat and our 12 chickens!
Our intergenerational stay and play sessions with local parents and their young children has been a huge hit with everyone. Our own toddler playgroup visit regularly for fun and laughter creating a wonderful atmosphere, bringing smiles and a chance for our residents to spend time with little ones again and reawaken cherished memories of raising their own children.
Getting out and about into the community, as well as further afield, is also a highlight of ours as we take in trips to a variety of attractions such as garden centres, historic sites, the local swimming baths and seaside trips in our minibus.