At Stanfield Nursing Home we encourage our residents to keep up activities, hobbies and interests that they enjoyed before they came to live with us. We also support them to take up new ones.
We want our residents to experience our care home as a real home-from-home and for life at our nursing home to be as engaging and as active as our residents want it to be. Having a diverse program of nursing home activities available and supporting the continuation of lifelong hobbies and interests and the uptake of new ones, helps us to achieve that.
It's one of our key nursing home policies that our residents stay as active and stimulated as possible.
We have diversional therapists who facilitate and coordinate the leisure and recreational activities. They, along with other care staff, will take time get to know the things our residents like to do. They'll organise a range of of activities to help them to keep up with the things they love.
All of our nursing home activities are designed to support and enhance the psychological, social, emotional and physical well-being of our residents.
Participating in enjoyable activities and interests helps to stimulate a person's sensory, emotional and cognitive senses. But they do more than that too. They also help to build friendships and create a sense of community within the home. All factors which are important for a resident's overall well-being.
Our philosophy is simple, we will do everything we can to ensure the well being of the residents and through providing the choice of a healthy active lifestyle this ethos is maintained.
We provide practical help and support where it’s needed to enable activities to be enjoyed. The nursing home activities that we facilitate are inspired by our residents. Our staff are simply there to provide the support and encouragement.
This might include accompanying a resident on a regular trip to the local library, a shopping expedition or a visit to an activity centre.
What Kinds Of Nursing Home Activities Take Place?
Whether it's potting in the garden, listening to music or just collecting the daily newspaper, activities can take many forms.
General newspapers and magazines are provided so residents can keep up with current affairs. We arrange subscriptions for residents who want to receive magazines related to their hobby or interest.
There are those which are more individual, such as those mentioned above. And then there are those that are more social, involving a group of people.
Whatever the activity is, residents are encouraged to participate as much or as little as they like to.
Regular features on our residents nursing home activities list include:
- Gentle exercise, including chair-based
- Listening to music and have a dance around the sitting room
- Pamper days
- Gardening - we have a safe, enclosed sensory garden with raised beds for potting and planting
- Musical performances - Cellist Corinne Frost performs routinely as does musician Ray Myton.
- Film afternoons - residents' choice!
- Performances from visiting theatre companies & local schools
- Seasonal and event based celebrations/parties
We have an excellent relationship with a Music Therapist who regularly visits the home to lead music and singing sessions. The therapist also brings in a selection of instruments for our residents to enjoy playing.
As well as the above, we also have seasonal and event-based celebrations such as tea-parties to raise money for charity.
At Christmas, we always host a festive party for our residents and staff. Management take care of the preparations and serving so that staff and residents can relax together and enjoy their day.
Our Activities Co-ordinator, Pauline, is passionate about delivering activities that bring fun and enjoyment into our residents' lives.
You can see her talk more about what she does and and why she loves it in this short video:
We welcome family and friends to come along and join in with the activities for our nursing home residents. So, why not pop in and spend some time with your loved one?