Keeping our Residents’ minds active, their spirits lifted and ensuring they can connect with their families and friends are always high on our agenda. It is especially the case during these difficult times.
Each week our Activity teams prepare a timetable of events and pastimes to enhance the daily lives of those in our care. At the moment, these take place in small, socially distanced groups, or in residents’ rooms giving people one-to-one attention, and in order to ensure that we can keep everyone as safe as possible at this time of Pandemic. At all times, suitable screens, PPE, sanitizer and other safety measures are appropriately in place.
Some organised events celebrate national occasions such as Burns Night, which takes place on 25th January. This year, we hosted two classical music teachers, who, having been pre-tested for COVID, donned PPE, to entertain our Residents. They toasted the socially distanced “lads and lassies” with the traditional tea and shortbread, accompanied by poetry from the classic Scottish poet Robbie Burns. This included a rendition of the ‘Wee, tim’rous beastie’ as well as traditional Scottish reels, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed.
Regular activities such as Knitter Knatter, arts and crafts and men’s groups continue, where possible, and with the relevant Covid-protection measures.
Video links have become an immeasurably important way for residents to keep in touch with their loved ones and much of our Activity Coordinators’ days are spent supporting them to do this. Seeing and being able to talk to relatives and friends in this way is very much appreciated but Residents also really enjoy the one-to-one time they have with the coordinators and other staff helping them navigate the technology.
We also provide video links to our local church so that those who wish to do so can continue with their pastoral and spiritual care.
Video links were much utilised at Christmas. Two local primary schools, St Peter’s and Wendell Park, recorded carols and posted them online. A local voluntary group also sent a link to carols, which were much appreciated, as were the delicious mince pies that the group additionally delivered to The Chiswick.