We’ve had a busy few weeks…We have enjoyed all of the usual activities (music and movement, poetry afternoons, art and craft sessions, resident’s meetings, quizzes, visits from our “Pets as therapy” dog, the fortnightly church service and a variety of games). We had our first florist workshop with visiting florists who assisted us in creating beautiful floral displays. Phillippa from Richmond museum brought us some fascinating objects to look at and discuss during our monthly reminiscence afternoon. We have had some wonderful musical activities; Patrick provided us with a fantastic recital of our favourite tunes on the piano and we were enchanted by a visit from Roweena and Adam, very talented musicians who played their violins for us during a fabulous concert. Another highpoint was our annual Easter bonnet competition. As always the standard was very high and a good time was had by all! Janice and Eric performing as “Jerico” gave us a super afternoon with their dance displays. Many residents joined them on the dance floor.
At Dalemead we consider it to be very important to provide a person centred, varied programme of activities taking into account the hobbies and interests of our residents. Our main aims are to have fun, to keep learning and be involved and interested in life.
We have lots pencilled in to our social calendar for the coming months…
• Matt Bond will be here to sing songs from the 1920’s – 1960’s for us at 3pm on 10th April.
• We look forward to welcoming Patrick back for a piano recital at 3pm on 11th April.
• Music and movement every Monday afternoon at 1.30pm. The trained teacher provides us with an hour of exercise which is both enjoyable and an opportunity to continue to be physically active.
• Art and craft Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
• Church services planned for the next few months will take place at 5.30pm on 21st April, 5th May and 2nd June.
• Reminiscence workshop with Phillippa from Richmond museum date to be arranged – see posters on Activities boards to discuss the topic of travel. At the end of each session the residents decide as a group which topic they would like to discuss in our next session. It is an interesting way for the residents to remember and celebrate the past and further their already extensive knowledge.