At Cedar House residential care home, we lead active, fun-filled lives. There’s something to do every day of the week, and in the evenings too. There are opportunities to laugh, sing, and dance together, to use our hands, to cook, to communicate via the internet, to play instruments, to discuss our favourite books, and to keep ourselves independent.
The starting point for any new activity is what you tell us you want to do. We ask new residents about their interests and hobbies, and just in case we missed something, there’s a suggestions box that anyone can use – your family as well as you.
We’re so busy because we have a full-time activities coordinator. She sets up the week-long programme, then works with residents as a group or one-to-one to make sure no one gets bored. Other staff continue her work during the weekends.
We’re constantly developing our activities programme. This list gives you a taste of the sort of thing we do.
Drawing, painting, card-making, felt, knitting, collage, photography etc – plenty of opportunity to get creative and messy.
Chair exercises, different styles of dancing, walking round the garden or to the nearest village.
From skittles to netball; from card games to quizzes; from traditional games to the Wii and other modern technologies; board games indoors, outdoor games in the courtyard.
You can order books and audio tapes through the visiting mobile library service and discuss them with fellow readers.
Adventures from trips down memory land to entirely new experiences.
Everyone loves baking – it’s a special treat in which we all get to share the finished biscuits and cakes.
There are plenty of people who come in to talk about their lives or to teach us new skills.
Nothing beats some quiet time with animals.
This is all about keeping you independent – the more you do for yourself, the more in control you feel of your life.
Everyone from bell-ringers to singers and keyboard players.
Pupils come to sing or perform for us, including short plays.
Hairdressing, face and hand massages, makeup, nail art etc.
The garden is a wonderful resource with raised beds for those who like to get their hands dirty.
A huge favourite with residents – anything from swing to classical.
At least one film afternoon or evening every week – residents choose what they want to see.
Lots of opportunities for dressing up and having fun – race nights, 1940s tea dances etc.
To communicate with friends and family around the world.