At Catherine Court, we organise a wide range of stimulating and fun activities, outings and events for residents to take part in.
We encourage residents to take part in the home's daily life by doing tasks they would normally have done. This helps them to retain important skills and to feel fulfilled. Typical examples of Activity Based Care are making tea, doing gardening or laying the table. Residents also bake cakes and biscuits for our afternoon teas.
Activities for everyone
Our activities programme offers a broad selection of things to do, including Montessori and sensory activities, arts and crafts, puzzles and games, music therapy, baking and puzzles. One of our relatives has also handmade a karaoke machine which plays anything from 40s to modern day music.
Every year, residents get the chance to raise chicks from eggs at the home. They look after them for a few weeks and then we give the grown chickens away to relatives who'd like one for their own garden.
We regularly organise outings to places of interest in the local area, such as museums and Bekonscot model village and railway. Of course, during COVID-19, our activities have looked a little different, but the team have worked hard to continue favourite things to do whilst maintaining social distancing, as well as creating some new activities so residents always have plenty to keep them happy and entertained. We’ve also embraced new technology, using electronic tablets not only to help keep in touch with loved ones, but also to enjoy virtual entertainment such as streaming concerts, or even to learn new skills.
Services and support
A doctor comes to see residents once a week and a chiropodist visits every six weeks. We will happily arrange for other healthcare professionals as needed, such as speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.
To keep everyone feeling and looking good, a hairdresser drops in every week and a manicurist comes to give residents treatments. For book lovers, a mobile library visits every two weeks – we have our own library too.
The local church holds services at the home once a month and we can arrange for other faiths to visit as required.
A part of the community
Catherine Court has great links with the local community. Pre-COVID children's choirs from the primary schools would come in at special times of the year. And young people from Bucks Students' Union have previously provided a turkey dinner for residents. Afterwards, they spent time having a chat and singing carols.
During COVID, we’ve been able to continue these relationships as well as build new ones, using technology such as tablets as well as traditional methods to keep in touch with loved ones. We’ve even made some new friends in our wonderful community who have supported us during this time.